Akufo-Addo to announce Justice Dotse as next Chief Justice


    The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo would be announcing Supreme Court judge, Justice Jones Dotse as the next Chief Justice.

    The announcement, host of current affairs programme, Good Evening Ghana, Paul Adom Otchere said would happen over the weekend when the President tours the Volta Region.

    “I am very optimistic that Justice Dotse is going to be appointed the next Chief Justice. The President will be going to the Volta Region and I am very sure he will be announcing to the chiefs there that he is going to appoint thier son (Justice Jones Dotse) the next Chief Justice…,” he said on Accra-based Citi FM.

    The Supreme Court judge who is noted for the catch phrase ‘create, loot and share’ is rumoured to be a main contestant for the position which would become vacant in the next few weeks when current Chief Justice, Georgina Woode retires.

    The Kpando-born Justice Dotse, a known member of the NPP practiced in Ho as a lawyer for many years.

    Mr. Justice Dotse was appointed as a Supreme Court judge in June 2008.

    He had more than 22 years’ experience at the Ghana Bar as a private legal practitioner before being elevated to the High Court in June 2002.

    He was posted to Sekondi as a High Court Judge and was promoted to the Appeals Court in September 2003, whereupon he was posted to Accra in June 2004.

    Mr. Justice Dotse has presided over landmark cases, including the Election Petition, Martin Amidu v Waterville Holdings and others. He convicted Kwabena Amaning aka Tagor and Alhaji Isaah Abass for 15 years each over the MV Benjamin cocaine case. The later freed on appeal.

    He is noted for coining the now popularly expression ‘create, loot and share’ in his obiter in the Martin Amidu v Waterville Holdings case in which businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome was ordered to refund GH¢51.2 million to the state.

    Other Justices tipped for the position include Justice Sophia Akuffo, Justice Anin Yeboah and Justice William Atuguba.