Private legal practitioner Professor Kwaku Azar has paid tribute to late Supreme Court justice Samuel Kofi Marfu-Sau who passed on Tuesday, August 10 2021.
Kwaku Azar in a social media post revealed an email he received from the late justice, commending him for his fight for reforms in the legal education system in the country.
In the said letter, Justice Marful-Sau expressed disquiet about the state of the legal education system and urged to keep fighting.
The mail as shared by Kwaku Azar read:
“It is now clear that we need to critically review the components of legal education in Ghana. Things are not adding up. Thanks for your advocacy. One day the reforms will happen. I am doing well. Wish you well. Greetings.
Kwaku Azar commended Marful-Sau for his contribution to Ghana’s legal system and promised to keep up the struggle for reform.
“Sammy, you did what you could within your powers and in your own style. It is unfortunate that you were not around to see the reforms but we will soldier on.
“Your Civil Procedure book will one day be used by first or second-year law students at the Universities.
“Rest In Peace, His Lordship,” he tweeted.
Justice Marfu-Saul died on Monday after succumbing to what is rumoured to be COVID-19.
Read his full profile below
Marful-Sau was born in Assin Adubiase in the Central Region. After qualifying as a Barister-at-law 1984 he worked at the office of the Provisional National Defence Council and entered private legal practice prior to being called to the High Court bench in June 2002.
He subsequently became an Appeal Court judge in 2006 and in 2018 he was appointed justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
He was nominated in 2018 by the president Nana Akufo-Addo in consultation with Council of State and the advice of the Judicial Council.
Marful-Sau was born on 3 February 1956 at Assin Adubiase in th the Assin South District of the Central Region.
He begun his formal education at Methodist Primary School in Assin Adubiase from 1963 to 1965. He continued his elementary education at Sempe ‘1’ Primary and Middle School in Accra from 1965 to 1969, he later enrolled at the Urban Council Middle ‘A’ School at Mankessim where he studied from 1969 to 1972.
His secondary school education begun at Assin Manso Secondary School, Assin Manso, he later moved to Feden High School where he studied from September 1973 to June 1974. He later enrolled at Breman Asikuma Secondary School in September 1974.
There, he received his Ordinary Level (‘O’-Level) certificate in June 1977. He proceeded to Navrongo Secondary School in September 1977 and obtained his Advanced Level (‘A’-Level) certificate there in June 1979.
He entered the University of Ghana in August 1979 and graduated with his bachelor of laws degree in July 1982. He continued at the Ghana School of Law where he received his Barister-at-Law in 1984.
In September 2008 he entered the University of Dundee, Dundee, Scotland to pursue a Masters’ degree (LL.M) in Petroleum Law and Policy. He graduated in October 2009.
Marful-Sau was admitted to practice in Ghana as a Barrister-at-Law and Solicitor in 1984. He begun his career as a national service personnel working in the capacity of a Legal Assistant at the Castle Information Bureau Office of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC) and briefly as a prosecutor in the office of the Special Public Prosecutor from August 1984 to July 1986.
During the period of his national service, he was selected to study a six-month course in Intelligence Studies at the Security and Intelligence Academy in Moscow, Russia. In July 1986, he was attached to the office of the PNDC, he remained there until September 1987.
A month later, Marful-Sau joined Vidal. L. Buckle and Company as a private legal practitioner. While in private practice, his areas of expertise included: Nationality, Immigration, Corporate, Commercial and Insurance Law. He remained in private legal practice until June 2002 when he was called to the bench as a judge of the High Court.
While in private legal practice, Marful-Sau was a member of the Law Reform Commission from August 1998 to October 2005 and a member of the Ghana Frequency Regulation Control Board from 1993 to 1998. He rose through the ranks as a justice of the high court to a justice of the appeal court, serving in that capacity from November 2006 to 2018 when he was appointed justice of the Supreme Court of Ghana.
Marful-Sau was nominated together with three other judges (Justice Agnes Dordzie, Justice Professor Nii Ashie Kotey and Justice Nene Amegatcher) by the president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo in 2018.
After the names of the nominated judges were sent to parliament, there were claims that his appointment and the appointment of Justice Agnes Dordzie were rewards and not justified as their promotions occurred after they (Justice Samuel Marful-Sau and Justice Agnes Dordzie) recommended that the Electoral Commission Chair, Mrs. Charlotte Osei be removed from office.
The government, however, dismissed these claims claiming the nominations were in consultation with the Council of State and based on the advice of the Judicial Council.