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Nigeria has more than 60 appeal court judges, down from 35

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The Ghanaian account that shared the misleading claim has more than 134,000 followers.

If Akufo-Addo’s recommendations (archived here) are approved by the Judicial Council, the number of Ghana Court of Appeal judges would increase from 33 to 53 (archived here).

The Ghanaian legal system consists of five levels of court. These include district courts, circuit courts, the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court (archived here).

Judges of the Nigerian Court of Appeal

The claim that Nigeria has 35 judges at the Court of Appeal is incorrect.

The Nigerian Court of Appeal consists of 66 judges, appointed by the head of state and confirmed by the country’s National Judicial Council (archived here).

“The judges on our website are currently on active duty and that list is current,” the court told AFP Fact Check.

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The website is updated regularly to reflect changes such as the retirement, transfer and death of a sitting judge.

According to Ghanaian media reports (here and here), Akufo-Addo presented a list of 20 individuals to the Judicial Service Commission, contradicting the 21-person claim in the post (archived here and here).

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