The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, has called on the Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA) to nominate suitably qualified candidates to be recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the NBA President Mr. Yakubu Chonoko Maikyau, SAN. According to the letter, the available 8 slots are for candidates from: South East (2); South South (1); South West (2); North Central (2) and North West (1).
In veiw of the above, the President has issued a notice requesting interested persons to submit their expression of interest. The notice reads:
By a letter dated 14 June and delivered to us on 16 June 2023, the Honourable, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, GCON, has requested me, as President of the Nigerian Bar Association, to nominate suitably qualified candidates to be recommended for appointment to the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
The available 8 slots are for candidates from: South East (2); South South (1); South West (2); North Central (2) and North West (1).
Members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) who are suitably qualified and are interested in applying for appointment to the Supreme Court, and are from any of the above listed geopolitical zones are enjoined to submit Expression of Interest to the National Secretariat of the NBA on or before 21 June 2023. All correspondences should be addressed to:
The President Nigerian Bar Association
c/o Ayodeji Oni, Esq.
Head, Legal Services Department Nigerian Bar Association
Plot 1101 Cadastral Zone A00
Central Business District
The expressions of interest should include the following attached thereto:
- A copy of the Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae
- A copy of the Applicant’s Call to Bar Certificate
- Evidence of payment of Bar Practicing Fees (BPF) as and when due, for 10 years preceding the application, inclusive of 2023
- Evidence of payment of NBA Branch Dues as and when due, for the past 10 years preceding the application, inclusive of 2023
- Evidence of attendance at least 10 Conferences of the NBA
- Evidence of membership of Sections or Fora of the NBA
- Certified true copies of at least 10 Judgments in contested cases conducted by the Applicant within the 5 years preceding the date of application.
- A letter of good standing from the Chairman of the applicant’s Branch, and 5 letters of references (2 of the referees must be Senior Advocates of Nigeria) confirming that the candidate possesses the qualities set out in Rule 4(4)(1)(a), (b) and (d) of the National judicial Council Guidelines for the Appointment of Judicial Officers for Superior Courts of Record as reproduced hereunder:
“In all cases:
a) Good character and reputation, diligence and hard work, honesty, integrity and sound knowledge of law and consistent adherence to professional ethics;
As may be applicable:
b) Active successful practice at the Bar, including satisfactory presentation of cases in Court as a Legal Practitioner either in private practice or as a Legal Officer in any Public Service;
d) Credible record of teaching law, legal research in a reputable University and publication of legal works…”