Appointment, promotion and remuneration of judges in Nigeria: The need for a change

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Appointment, promotion and remuneration of judges in Nigeria: The need for a change

Financial Autonomy: Justice takes knee as judiciary battles for survival
Financial Autonomy: Justice takes knee as judiciary battles for survival
Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN

By Aare Afe Babalola, OFR, CON, SAN

As the strike action called by JUSUN entered its eight week and following reported breakthrough between the Union and State governments in talks aimed at ending the said strike, it is imperative to comment on some paramount issues affecting the Nigerian judiciary, particularly with regards to the appointment, remuneration and promotion of Judges.

The Appointment of Judicial Officers

In the sixties when I began the practice of Law, appointment to the Bench was strictly on merit. At that time, appointments were by invitation, after, at least, 10 years in practice. Sitting Judges were always quick to identify legal practitioners who possessed sterling qualities suitable for appointment to the Bench.

Aside from sound knowledge of the law, integrity and honour marked out and propelled many Judges appointed in those days to the Bench. However, this was made possible by the 1963 Constitution which…



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