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Shun gratification, be up-to-date, CJN tells new judges

 The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, on Monday advised newly-appointed judges of High Courts and Kadis of Sharia Courts to shun gratification in all forms in the discharge of their duties.

The CJN gave the charge while declaring open the 2020 Virtual Induction Course for newly-appointed judges and Kadis organised by the National Judicial Institute in Abuja.

 The CJN urged the judicial officers to be proactive and innovative towards minimising the persistent delay in the administration of justice.

 He said, “My Lords, ladies and gentlemen, it is no longer news that much of the criticisms levelled against the justice delivery system in Nigeria are about delays in the administration of justice, biased and wrong application of laws.

“These acts are often not to the delight of litigants and court users as they often frown on the way services are rendered.

“As such, a better understanding of the current trends in justice administration will help you appraise and curb the waste of judicial time and resources; thereby ensuring that justice delivery is efficient and proactive.

“Accordingly, while discharging your duties, it is important to note that all forms of gratification must not be associated with you. You must not be found wanting. Transparency, honesty, and accountability must remain your watchwords. I urge you, therefore, to eschew corruption in the discharge of your duties.”

In her address, the Administrator of NJI, Justice Rosaline Bozimo (retd.), said the course was aimed at adequately equipping the new judges for the challenges on the higher bench.

Bibiyobra: Tuesday, 3 November 2020 at 11/03/2020 08:28:00 am


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