Isaac Kobina Donkor Abban

Isaac Kobina Donkor Abban

Isaac Kobina Donkor Abban was the Chief Justice of Ghana between 1995 and 2001. He was the ninth person to hold this position since Ghana became an independent nation


05 July 1933

Early life and Education

He was born in 1933 in the Central Region's Agona Nkum. He attended Mfantsipim School for his secondary schooling. He traveled to the UK to pursue a legal education at the University of Nottingham.


02 July 1958


On June 24, 1958, he received his bar admission to England. He came back to Ghana in 1959 and started working for himself till he was appointed to the High Court bench in May 1970.


02 July 1959

Electoral Commissioner

On April 18, 1959, justice Abban was admitted to the Ghanaian bar. He was designated the election commissioner and oversaw the contentious "Union Government (UNIGOV)" referendum on March 30, 1978, while serving as a High Court judge under the Supreme Military Council (SMC). He went into hiding at one time during the referendum out of concern for his life from the military authorities.He did this because he objected to the military SMC government's attempts to rig the UNIGOV referendum.Justice Kinsgley Nyinah, his successor, oversaw the 1979 election in Ghana, which Dr. Limann won and went on to become president.


Chief Justice
11 July 1990

Chief Justice

He departed for Seychelles, where from 1990 to 1993 he served as Chief Justice. He rejoined the Ghanaian judicial system upon his return and was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ghana. He was chosen Chief Justice on February 22, 1995, by President Jerry Rawlings.


04 July 2001


Due to health issues, Justice Abban was scheduled to retire on May 1st, 2001.He passed away a few days earlier, on April 21, 2001, in Accra, Ghana, at the age of 67.

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