- Justice Walter Onnoghen has called on court officials to stop leaking court rulings and judgments to litigants
- Onnoghen said the judiciary system would not achieve the desired goal if court officials engage in practices that are illegal and unethical
- According to the CJN, all new filings at the apex court would henceforth contain the email address of lawyers representing the parties
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, has warned all court officials to desist from leaking rulings, judgement and court proceedings, Vanguard reports.
Justice Onnoghen said the judiciary is committed to achieving a lasting structural and ethical reforms that would reposition it to adequately meet the aspirations of court users and the general public.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of a National Workshop for Information and Communication Technology Staff in the judiciary, the CJN said all new filings at the apex court would henceforth contain the email address of lawyers representing the parties.
He added that the the planned automated court system would not achieve the desired goal if court officials engage in practices that are illegal and unethical.
“I implore all judges and lawyers to join this trend in this quest for excellence by subscribing to, and acquiring the legal email, as the manual form of communication within Nigerian courts is gradually phasing out.
“In our quest to birth the Judiciary we all desire, I must not fail to emphasise that in the daily discharge of your duties, the Code of Conduct for Court Employees must be your guide and standard.
It is trite to note that it promotes the tenet of transparency, integrity and hard work among staff. In this light, you must shun all vices that easily beset you. Vices such as lateness to work, leaking rulings and Judgment as well as absenteeism from work without permission from superior authority must be avoided," the CJN warned.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Onnoghen had decried the state of judiciary at the state level.
The chief justice of Nigeria said the state judiciary are being deprived of financial independence. He also said there is a need for the present law to be amended before the third arm of government at the state level could enjoy same.
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