Minister of Justice – Government of Ghana (Apr 2006 – )
Joe Ghartey is a Ghanaian lawyer and politician. He was born on June 15, 1961. He hails from Shama, Western Region of Ghana. Mr. Ghartey had his early education at Mfantsipim School, Cape Coast. He obtained his LLB (Hons.) in 1986 from the University of Ghana and BL from the Ghana School of Law in 1988.
After Law School, Joe Ghartey, joined the firm of Akufo-Addo, Premepeh & Co. He left this firm after seven years and co-founded, Ghartey & Ghartey in 1994. He was the Senior Partner, Ghartey & Ghartey Company (Barristers & Solicitors) before he became an MP.
Joe Ghartey also lectured in various fields. He was the adjutant lecturer of Investment law at the University of Ghana Business School. He has also been an adjutant lecturer in Corporate Governance at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), He was also an instructor of the Ghana Stock Exchange. In 2004 he authored Ghana’s leading legal publication on investment and business, Doing Business and Investing in Ghana, Legal and Institutional Framework.
Joe Ghartey belongs to the New Patriotic Party and is currently the NPP Member of Parliament for Esikadu/Ketan. He first won the seat in the December 2004 election and was reelected in both the December 2008 and December 2012 elections. During the regime of President John Agyekum Kuffuor, Ghartey was appointed Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice in March 2005. He was appointed the substantive Minister in April 2006, a position he held until January 2009 when he was replaced by Betty Mould Iddrisu of the NDC as the NPP lost power to the NDC in the 2008 election.
After the 2012 elections, Mr. Ghartey was nominated by the NPP minority in parliament for the position of Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament in the 6th Parliament of the 4th Republic. His nomination was challenged by the NDC because according to the NDC’s Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the NPP should not be rewarded with the position since it had decided to boycott the inauguration of John Mahama of the NDC as President in the same election it is challenging. The Second Deputy Speaker’s position is to be given to a minority party in parliament. Ablakwa, citing precedence by the NPP who chose to vote for Malik Alhassan Yakubu against the NDC’s Ken Dzirasa wanted to sponsor a PNC new comer instead. However the NDC allowed his appointment to take place on 7 January 2013.