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Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo

Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo

Joyce Adeline Bamford-Addo, JSC, CV is a Ghanaian barrister and judge who served as the Speaker of the Parliament of Ghana

1937

Early life and Education
30 June 1937

Early life and Education

Joyce Bamford-Addo, born in 1937, attended St. Mary's Boarding School and Holy Child School in Cape Coast for her basic education. She later went to the United Kingdom for legal training, joining the Inner Temple and the English Bar in 1961.

1962

Judicial service
11 July 1962

Judicial service

After spending a year working in the United Kingdom, Bamford-Addo went back to Ghana. In 1962, she was admitted to the Ghana Bar. She began her career in 1963 as an Assistant State Attorney before being promoted to State Attorney, Senior State Attorney, and finally Principal State Attorney. In 1973, she attained the position of Chief State Attorney. She held the job of Director of Public Prosecutions for 10 years beginning in 1976.


 

1991

 Supreme Court judge
17 July 1991

Supreme Court judge

In 1991, Jerry Rawlings also appointed her as a Supreme Court judge, making her Ghana's first female Supreme Court justice. She voluntarily left the Supreme Court in October 2004 after several years of service in the government. She reportedly announced her retirement as a result of the Chief Justice's appointment, when Justice George Kingsley Acquah, her junior, was chosen instead of her.


 

1992

Second Deputy Speaker
08 July 1992

Second Deputy Speaker

Bamford-Addo was appointed to the position of second deputy speaker of Ghana's Consultative Assembly in 1991, near the end of the Provisional National Defense Council (PNDC) phase, which was established to prepare the 1992 constitution.

2000

 Awards
28 June 2000

Awards

In 2000, the American Biographical Institute recognized Bamford-Addo as the finest woman of the year. She is a trailblazer in Ghanaian law and legislation, inspiring and role modeling for women. She was recognized by the Ghana Association of Women Entrepreneurs in 2011 alongside other first-ever female officeholders, including Justice Georgina Theodora Wood, Anna Bossman, and Elizabeth Mills-Robertson.

2008

 Speaker of Parliament
01 July 2008

Speaker of Parliament

She became the first woman to hold the position of Speaker of the Fourth Parliament of the Fourth Republic of Ghana, succeeding Ebenezer Sekyi-Hughes. She became the second woman to lead a branch of government after Georgina Theodora Woods. She became well-known globally, joining other female speakers like Nancy Pelosi and Betty Boothroyd.

2012

 Associations
04 July 2012

Associations

Bamford-Addo belongs to the Ghana Bar Association, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association, the Catholic Lawyers Guild, and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA). She was a Supreme Court Judge who also served as a member of the Judicial Council (General Legal Council) and the Legal Aid Board while employed by the government.

2023

27 June 2023

Personal life

Bamford-Addo is a Roman Catholic and devout Christian

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