Judges in Nigeria have been urged to shun corruption and promote transparency as well as good governance as respect to the rule of law remains the backbone of any democracy.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen gave the advice at the 34th Annual Judges Conference in Abuja.
Matters before court
Justice Onnoghen also said ”that matters brought before court must be determined on their merits devoid of external interference to ensure the sustenance of the independence of the judiciary.”
The Chief Justice noted that the Federal High Court Annual Conference has always been a stocktaking event for judges to converge and reflects on the activities of the Court thereby providing an insight on what has been achieved and project a better future.
”The conference provides a platform for judges to strategise on the means of adopting global best practices to meet critical challenges in the dispensation of Justice,” he reiterated.
According to him; “the Nigerian constitution has vested on judges responsibility bordering on interpretation and enforcement which should conform with the rules of the court and practice direction.”
Justice Onnoghen added that judges must be prepared to perform these roles with minimum cost to the litigant.
The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court , Justice Abdu Kafarati emphasised on the need to appoint more judges to reduce the workload.
Justice Kafarati also directed Heads of Court not to grant ex parte order on political cases brought before them as part of measures to ensure all parties in the case are heard unless in exceptional cases.
He stated that workshop would be organised to keep judges abreast of new developments in their field.