Justice Georgina Theodora Wood Biography
Born on June 8, 1947, Justice Georgina Theodora Wood (née Lutterodt)) attended Bishop’s Girls and Methodist Schools. She obtained her LLB (Hons) from the University of Ghana, Legon in 1970 after graduating from Wesley Girls High School, Cape Coast in 1966. She attended the Ghana Law School after which she was called to the bar.
She subsequently went for a six-month Post-Graduate Officers Training Course at the Ghana Police College after which she worked as a deputy superintendent and public prosecutor for three years.
She joined the Judicial Service as a District Magistrate Grade II in 1974, and was later promoted to Grade I. She continued her service and rose through the Circuit and High Courts to become the presiding judge of the Appeal Court in 1991.
Justice Wood was first appointed to the Supreme Court by President John Kufuor on November 12, 2003, a nomination she initially turned down (The Stateman). She became the Chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).
Justice Wood was nominated for the position of Chief Justice of Ghana in May 2007. Following the recommendation of the Council of State, the Parliament of Ghana approved her nomination as the new Chief Justice of Ghana by consensus on June 1, 2007.
Thereupon she became the 24th Chief Justice of the country and the first woman in the history of Ghana to head the Judiciary. She assumed office on 15 June 2007.