- Justice Walter Onnoghen has charged judges to give judgments based on laws, the constitution and precedence
- He urged them not to get emotionally involved in cases before them
- The CJN gave the admonitions while administering the oath of office and allegiance on seven new judges of the high court of the FCT
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, on Tuesday, June 26, tasked judges to change the negative perception about judiciary through their conduct.
The CJN lamented that, over the years, the public has developed bad perception about the workings of the nation’s judiciary.
He stated this while administering the oath of office and allegiance on seven new judges of the high court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, The Sun reports.
Onnoghen said that he had initiated far reaching reforms and every hand should be on desk to actualise the objectives of the reforms.
He, therefore, enjoined the judges not to forget the spirits and words of the oath they have taken, and ensure that they are guided in arriving at their decision by laws, Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and precedence.
“Don’t get emotionally involved in matters before you. Hear both sides of the story (that is the case) before you and master the pleadings before deciding,” he said.
Justice Onnoghen reiterated his earlier admonition to judges to be courageous because on their shoulders rest the hope of every Nigerians who may have cause to come before them with cases.
He also admonished the new judges to be in charge of their courts.
The seven new judges of the high court of FCT will on Wednesday, June 27, join other judges attending an orientation course organized for new judges.
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Legit.ng previously reported that Onnoghen told judges not to allow politicians to use them as political tools when overseeing election matters. He made the charge on Friday, June 22, while swearing in 12 new justices of the Court of Appeal in Abuja.
He advised judicial officers to decide matters brought before them in accordance with the law not minding who wins or loses.
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