At a Glance: The CJN’s 13 Reforms that Would Sanitize the Judiciary

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CJN Justice Walter Onnoghen
  1. Establishing new modalities for appointment of judicial officers.
  2. Tightening judicial discipline regulations.
  3. Fashioning out a speedy way to clear backlog of cases.
  4. Speedy and transparent delivery of justice.
  5. Rules of Court Procedure now to contain provision for the award of punitive cost by the Court for frivolous litigation or delays.
  6. Reviving and strengthening the Inspectorate Division to ensure judicial officers go to work and sit in their courts from Monday to Friday from 9am to at least 4pm.
  7. President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) to assist the NJC with a separate assessment report on all NBA candidates being considered for judicial appointment.
  8. All Judges of Lower Courts and other public officers such as Chief Registrars and Secretaries, among others, are henceforth required to write examinations before being appointed.
  9. To constitute more committees to investigate allegations against judges.
  10. All Heads of Courts to designate some courts in their jurisdictions as Special Courts to handle corruption cases.
  11. 20% of Judiciary Budget to be devoted to Corruption and Financial Crimes Cases Trial Monitoring Committee (COTRIMCO).
  12. All travels outside Nigeria by judges will now be with the permission of the CJN after an application would have been made.
  13. All Judges of Lower Courts in the country have been directed to submit Returns of Cases quarterly to the Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC).
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