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Late Justice Kingsley-Nyinah laid to Rest

5 April 2019.    The late Justice Joseph Kwame Kingsley-Nyinah has been laid to rest at the Military Cemetery, Burma Camp in Accra, on Friday 5 April 2019.

The funeral ceremony was held at the forecourt of the State House in fulfillment of Government’s promise to honour the late statesman.

The Chief of Staff at the Presidency, Mrs Frema Osei Opare, who led the Government delegation, in a tribute, described the late lawyer as one who was noted for his hard work, dedication to duty and commitment.

The Judicial Service also described the late Justice J Kingsley-Nyinah as an evenhanded adjudicator and a man who dedicated his life to serving the nation and preserving the Rule of Law, Justice and Equal Rights.

His Lordship Justice Joseph Kwame Kingsley-Nyinah served as the Juvenile Court Magistrate from 1955-1958 and rose through the ranks to become an Appeal Court Judge in 1971. He was the Electoral Commissioner from 1978-1981 and from 1981 to 1984.  This exemplary Statesman served as the Chairman of the National Commission for Democracy.

He also served the nation in capacities such as Member, Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Legal Council from May to November, 1966; Chairman, Disciplinary Committee of the Ghana Football Association from 1970 to 1974; Chairman, Committee of Enquiry into Circumstances Surrounding the Defeat of the Ghana Black Stars by the Green Eagles of Nigeria in March 1984 among others.

He had a unique ability to praise and serve God through songs. To this effect, he was appointed the first (Primus) Chairman of the Ghana Association of Methodist Church Choirs (GHAMECC) in 1974 and served for fourteen (14) years.

In July 2008, Justice Joseph Kwame Kingsley-Nyinah was honoured by the State with the Order of the Volta Award.

Mr John Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, the Minister for Trade and Industry and a son-in-law, in his tribute, said his father-in-law inspired him to read law and remained grateful for all the advice he received from his father-in-law.

In his sermon, the Right Reverend Samuel Kofi Osabutey, Bishop of the Accra Diocese of the Methodist Church, advised Christians to be servant-workers because Christ their master, “Came to serve the world and not to be served”.

The late Justice Joseph Kwame Kingsley-Nyinah left behind a wife and seven children.

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