The Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) has set up a sub-committee to review the guidelines for the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). The new guideline is scheduled to take effect from 2023.
This may not be unconnected with the repeated indictment of the award process by the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) as earlier reported
In a press release issued by Hajo Sarki Bello Esq, Acting Chief Registrar of Supreme Court and LPPC Secretary announcing the elevation of a set of new 72 lawyers to the rank he noted that “In the meantime, the Legal Practitioners Privileges committee wishes to notify the general public that it has set up a sub-committee to review the 2018 Guidelines for the award of the rank effective from 2023 award year”, adding that the application for the 2022 exercise would open in January.
Recall that BOSAN had expressed worry over the huge number of applicants recently shortlisted for award of the rank, warning that unless a holistic review of the award process is undertaken by the LPPC, the rank risked losing its prestige and standing among stakeholders. However, the LPPC brushed aside the call by BOSAN to appoint the latest 72 senior lawyers comprising 62 advocates and 10 academics to the Rank.
The appointees would be sworn-in on December 8, 2021 at the Supreme Court premises, Abuja.