Philip Edward Archer

Philip Edward Archer

Philip Edward Archer was the Chief Justice of Ghana. He was the eighth person to hold this position since Ghana became an independent nation


14 July 1925


Philip Edward Archer was born 22 February 1925, Abontiakrom, Tarkwa


16 July 1957

Educatio 1957

He received his education at the University of Nottingham in England, Adisadel College in Cape Coast, and St. Peter's School in Sekondi. In 1957, he was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Jurisdiction of England and Wales. He then went back to Ghana and joined the Registrar-General's office.


04 July 1961

Judicial secretary

He was appointed judicial secretary in 1961 and registrar-general in 1959. In 1964, he was appointed to the High Court, and in 1980, he was appointed to the Supreme Court.


04 July 1979

University of Cape Coast

He was pro-chancellor and chairman of the University of Cape Coast Council from 1979 to 1983


12 July 1983

Law Reform Commission

He was named the full-time chairman of the Law Reform Commission after retiring as a judge in 1983


09 July 1991

Chief Justice

He served as Chief Justice from 1991 to 1995 and was elected to the Council of State in 1995.


11 July 2000


In 2000 he was honoured with the Order of the Star of Ghana


09 July 2002


He died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital on 10 May 2002

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