Josiah Boateng

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Josiah Boateng

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Josiah Ofori Boateng is a retired justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana from 1999 to 2001. He was a former Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana from 1989 to 1992.

He was born in 1931 to a Presbyterian minister and hails from Aburi in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He is a product of the Achimota School and the University of Ghana. He also holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of London.

He enrolled at Lincoln's Inn and was called to the English bar in 1963. He was later called to the Ghanaian bar in 1965. He was a member of the Ghana Bar Association, an honorary member of the International Bar Association, a member of the International Juridical Organisation, and a chairman of the Council for Law Reporting.

Josiah Ofori Boateng started off as an Assistant State Attorney and in 1976 was appointed the administrative head of the Ghana Law Reform Commission. He was also the administrative head of the Ghana Law Reform Commission from 1973 to 1976. He was also the chief legal advisor on Environmental in 1976 at the United Nations and served until 1981. He then became the Director of Legal Education (head of Ghana School of Law)upon his return to Ghana.

From 1989 to 1992, he was an Appeal Court judge and the Chairman of the Electoral Commission of Ghana with Kwadwo Afari-Gyan as his deputy. His duty was to oversee the 1992 general presidential elections and to declare the results. He served as chair until 1993 and returned to serve on the Appeals Court bench.

Together with Justice John Debra Sapong he was nominated in 1999 to serve on the Supreme Court bench. On 30 March 1999, he was vetted and approved by parliament.

They were both sworn into office on 15 April 1999 as justices of the Supreme Court.

Josiah Ofori Boateng served until January 2001.

He was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School and the Environmental Institute in Washington. Josiah Ofori Boateng has also published a number of papers on Law and Environmental issues.