Nigerian Judges advised to uphold sanctity of office

Peter Bahago, Abuja

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Federal High Court Judges in Nigeria have been urged to uphold the sanctity of their offices at all times, to promote public confidence in judgments.

The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami gave the advice in Abuja at the Special Session to mark the Commencement of the 2019/2020 Legal Year of the Federal High Court.

Malami stated that the call became necessary in view of the constitutional mandate bestowed on the judges and the nature of cases being handled by the court.

He said that the promotion of these values would be the moral compass that would guide the judges to the heights of legal profession.

’’The 2019 rules of the High court comes with new provisions which includes: establishment of communication and service centre for e-filing, consolidation of suit and the extension of days required to file  defence for originating summons from 14 to 30 days,’’ he explained.

The Attorney General applauded the collaborations and cooperation between his Ministry and the Federal High Court that contributed to the prosecution of maritime offences and creating judicial division in Niger and Borno States.

This is for the trial of alleged Boko Haram members and other related terrorism cases.

The Acting Chief Justice of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho said that the court has released an amended Federal High Rules that contain new innovations, aimed at meeting with the dynamism in law.

’’The move became necessary to bring the court at par with other courts in the developed world,’’ he added.

 

Sammie Idika