Justice William Atuguba
William Atuguba is a former justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana. Atuguba was first enrolled as a magistrate on 3 October 1974. He has worked as a private lawyer and served as a prosecutor and state attorney before being appointed a Supreme Court Judge by President Rawlings in 1995.
He was the acting Chief Justice from May 25, 2016, until June 3, 2016, while Justice Georgina Theodora Woode was outside the country on official duties. He was for a period, the most senior judge in the Supreme Court. He acted as Chief Justice from 21 February 2017 prior to the retirement of Georgina Theodora Wood on 8 June 2017 until 19 June 2017 when Sophia Akuffo was sworn in by President Akufo-Addo as the new Chief Justice. He has been one of the longest serving members of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
He was a judge for 44 years and a Supreme Court judge from 1995 to 2018, a total of almost 23 years.William Atuguba is well-known for his role as the presiding judge in the 2013 Ghanaian presidential election petition case.
In this case, the opposition leader, Nana Akufo-Addo, challenged the results of the presidential election, alleging irregularities. Atuguba and the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, upheld the election results and affirmed John Dramani Mahama as the President of Ghana.He has made significant contributions to Ghana's legal and judicial system and is recognized for his expertise in constitutional and election-related matters.
Justice William Atuguba has played a pivotal role in shaping Ghana's legal landscape, and his decisions have had a profound impact on the country's politics and governance.