The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has inaugurated 62 lawyers and solicitors to the rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SANs.
During the inauguration and special session to mark the commencement of the 2022/2023 legal year of the Supreme court in Abuja, Justice Ariwoola charged the newly inaugurated SANs to display integrity, discipline and impressive standard of advocacy as ministers in the temple of justice.
Justice Ariwoola noted that the Supreme Court of Nigeria is the busiest and most hardworking Supreme Court in the world adding that the court had entertained a total of 1,764 cases and 154 judgments within the 2021/2022 legal year.
He reiterated his call for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution to allow for certain cases to terminate at the appellate court.
Speaking at the occasion, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami exuded confidence that the recent approval of welfare packages increase the salaries and allowances of judicial officers, and also for conditions for their health, well-being, and professional development by President Muhammadu Buhari, would usher in a new lease of life for the judiciary to operate maximally in a more beneficial and rewarding environment.
Malami disclosed that the Federal Ministry of Justice was in the process of reviewing the National Policy on Justice, to enhance stakeholders’ ability to tackle issues hindering the entire justice sector.
Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu,Editing by Marian Benjamin