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CJN to Judges: it’s no Longer Business as Usual

TO say the outgoing year has been a turbulent one for the judiciary would be an understatement It is therefore proper that we look back on how we have fared, even in the face of the challenges, and the achievements recorded during the year.

In doing so, we are able to chart a new and improved course for the incoming legal year. This session is therefore a time to reflect and celebrate the new legal year, together with the distinguished legal practitioners who have been found worthy of honour by the conferment on them of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC).

The 2016/2017 legal year was an eventful one with the appointment of my humble self as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) being the ultimate. I assumed office with faith, courage and hope for a better judiciary. I am humbled by the God-given privilege to lead Nigeria’s judiciary at this time in the history of our nation. By the special grace of God and your support, I am determined to put in my best in the service of our great nation.

The legal year under reference also marked the elevation of four brother justices to the apex court: Justices Amina Adamu Augie, Ejembi Eko, Paul Adamu Galinje and Sidi Dauda Bage.

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The Only Female Lawyer Denied SAN Rank

Ms Oluwatoyin Ajoke Bashoruns joy knew no bound on Wednesday July 5 2017 when her name appeared among 30 lawyers – all men except her – that were announced by the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee (LPPC) as those to be awarded the Senior Advocate Of Nigeria (SAN) rank for the year 2017.

But her joy was cut short on Friday, September 16, 2017, when Mrs Hadizatu Uwani Mustafa, the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court who also doubles as the Secretary of LPPC, announced that her named has been dropped from those to be conferred with the rank of SAN on Monday, September 18 , 2017, based on some petitions against her which the body is still investigating .

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Uneasy Calm As Over 90 Magistrates In Ondo State Are Sacked From Judicial Service

There is an uneasy calm in Ondo State as over 90 magistrates in the State Judicial Service Commission have been terminated by the Rotimi Akeredolu government, SaharaReporters can authoritatively report.

Investigations at the weekend revealed that some magistrates and staff attorneys received disengagement letters from Justice Olarenwaju Oluwatoyin Akeredolu, the Acting Chief Judge, while others were suspended, with some of the letters citing “perceived irregularities” or claiming the appointments had not followed “due process.”

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CJN okays special courts for corrupt cases

Warns against graft, delay tactics

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, yesterday announced a plan to create special courts solely for the purpose of hearing and speedily determining corruption and financial crime cases.

Onnoghen broke the news while speaking at the opening of the 2017/2018 Legal Year, and the swearing-in of 29 members of the Nigerian Bar Association conferred with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in Abuja.

According to the CJN, all heads of courts have been directed to compile and forward to the National Judicial Council (NJC), comprehensive lists of all corruption and financial crime cases being handled by their various courts.

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UNGA 72 President Outlines Priorities for 72nd Session

12 September 2017: The President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Miroslav Lajčák, outlined the priorities of his mandate during the opening of UNGA 72. The UNGA President said his tenure will focus on conflict prevention, peace, migration and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.

In his acceptance speech, Lajčák identified six priorities for his mandate: people; peace and prevention; migration; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate action; human rights; and quality. UNGA 72 will address the theme, ‘Focusing on people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet.’

Delivering his first address to the Assembly in his capacity as President, the UNGA President reminded delegates that the 72nd session would see the negotiation of the first intergovernmental compact on migration and the signing of the first agreement on the elimination of nuclear weapons. Lajčák promised follow-up efforts for maintaining the momentum in implementing and financing the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The UNGA President also identified as important: contributing “a fresh outlook” to the ongoing UN reform; streamlining UNGA’s agenda to make it manageable for all Member States, including the delegations that have small representations; and communicating with youth, media, civil society and the private sector.

At the same event, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said that the UN reform proposals, which the Assembly will consider, will help the UN to adapt and deliver and stressed one key change “must be to empower the world’s women and girls.” Within this context, the Secretary-General said he had launched a roadmap for achieving gender parity throughout all levels of the UN.

UNGA 72’s opening session took place on 12 September 2017 in New York, US. Lajčák is a career diplomat from Slovakia. [UN Press Release] [UN Meetings Coverage] [Interview with UNGA President] [UN Secretary-General Statement] [SDG Knowledge Hub Story on UNGA 71 Closing]