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NJC directs judges to declare assets before, after judgment

25 October 2016, 16:20

Abuja - The National Judicial Council, NJC, has directed that judges participating in “sensitive and highly visible trials such as election petition proceedings” must declare their personal assets before and after conclusion of such cases, Vanguard reports.

To give effect to the directive, the council, yesterday, constituted a 10-man Judicial Ethics Committee with a mandate to review the code of conduct for judicial officers in the country.

According to the NJC, henceforth, judges entrusted with sensitive cases, “may be required to submit themselves to dedicated assets declaration.”

Also, allegations of misconduct against judicial officers or employees of the Judiciary shall not be leaked or published in the media.

It said the Revised Judicial Code of Conduct will contain, among other things, sanctions for persistent under-performance, inability to utilize time efficiently, low standard of judicial management and persistent failure by judges to comply with sitting requirements as well as, “provisions relating to the responsibility of judicial officers, so as to avoid inordinate and excessive length of proceedings causing delay in justice delivery.”

The National Judicial Council officially reacted to the raid at judges’ residences by operatives of the State security Service over the weekend, describing the operation as the height of impunity according to News24.

In a statement after its two-day meeting Thursday, the NJC condemned the operation as an attempt to intimidate the judiciary.

It denied shielding corrupt judges, and provided details of exchanges it had with the SSS regarding corruption in the judiciary.

The council said it will not allow the independence of the judiciary, or its impartiality to be mocked by the SSS or any arm of government.

- News 24


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