Acting CJN, Ariwoola Warns Court Directors Against Jettisoning Court Ethics 

Acting CJN, Ariwoola Warns Court Directors Against Jettisoning Court Ethics 

By Deborah Musa, Abuja 

The acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Kayode Ariwoola has warned the directors and Inspectors of Area, Sharia and Customary courts in the country against Jettisoning ethics of the profession in the dispensation of their daily duties.

He advised the lower court directors and inspectors to put their best foot forward and discharge their duties in line with the provisions of the Code of Conduct for Court Employees.

 He noted that their role is a very onerous one as their courts practically operates at the grassroot and are closer to the masses knowing fully well that the society looks up to the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.

 He stressed that this makes it mandatory for their duties to carried out diligently, serving justice to all persons who approach the court and the society at large.

 The acting CJN made this call at the Opening ceremony of the National workshop for Directors and Inspectors of Area/Sharia/Customary/ Court on Monday, in Abuja, with the theme: Promoting Efficiency in the Dispensation of Justice in the Lower Courts Justice Ariwoola added that the directors and Inspectors must ensure they are effective in their supervision and inspection to fight corruption.

 He said “ Distinguished participants, in light of the foregoing, you must be effective in your supervision and inspection of the Area/Sharia/Customary Courts as doing so will go a long way in building public confidence in our courts, fight corruption, laziness and other inadequacies in the judiciary.

 “I must also emphasize that in line with the provisions of the code of conduct for court employees, the ethics of your profession cannot be jettisoned for any reason whatsoever, you must continue to exhibit good conduct, competence and decorum in all that you do.

 “The code of conduct must always govern your daily activities, you must be exemplary in your actions as integrity is an essential quality of justice administration, do not engage in activities that harm the fairness and efficiency of judicial process that could bring the judiciary into disrepute” the CJN warned.

 Also speaking, the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Justice Salisu Garba Abdullahi, reiterated that the Directors and Inspectors of the lower Courts must carry out their duties with the code of conduct for court employees as their duty in the administration of justice cannot be overstated.

He said “You are saddled with the responsibilities of overseeing the activities of the lower courts and thereby ensure that erring Judges are properly guided amongst your other responsibilities“.

This you must take seriously to avoid miscarriage of justice in any form, your supervisory power must be exercised with due diligence and any discretion must be judicially and judiciously exercised.

 He also advised the directors and Inspectors to be above board and exemplary in their conducts in the discharge of their responsibilities as their subordinates will tend to learn from them.

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