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Fast-Track Appointment Of New Justices For Supreme Court – AGF Tells NJC

Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, has pushed the National Judicial Council (NJC) to move more quickly to nominate additional justices to the Supreme Court of Nigeria’s bench.

There are currently just 10 Justices on the Supreme Court, as opposed to the 21 that the Constitution calls for.

The AGF requested that the NJC move quickly to relieve the remaining 10 Justices of their workload, even though he acknowledged that the process of replacing the Supreme Court’s vacancies had started.

At the Supreme Court’s extraordinary court session to kick off the 2023–2024 legal year,

To avoid unnecessary delay and minimize disruptions at that level, I would like to take this opportunity to ask the leadership of the National Judicial Council to expedite the process of achieving a full complement of the Supreme Court and to also concurrently put in place the process of filling the consequential vacancies that will be occasioned at the Court of Appeal,” Fagbemi said.

The AGF revealed that President Bola Tinubu’s government has stated that it is willing to carry out judicial reforms with the judiciary’s assistance.

Therefore, we eagerly expect the judiciary to initiate action so that the other branches of government can contribute to this vital area of nation-building.

The backlog of unresolved appeals at the highest level alarmed the AGF.

The AGF, meanwhile, congratulated the 58 attorneys on being named Senior Advocates of Nigeria.

According to him, being awarded the title of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) not only serves as an honor for the recipient but also serves as inspiration for others hoping to gain admission to the inner bar.

“Being honest and upholding professional standards both within and outside the courtroom toward the judge, coworkers, clients, and the public at large is imperative given your newfound and admirable stature.

“When doing your job, you must uphold an extremely high standard of professionalism.

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