A file picture of the CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and Chairman of the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC), Justice Tanko Muhammed, on Monday held a marathon assembly with the six chief judges invited over the conflicting ex parte orders emanating from completely different judges throughout the nation.
An announcement from the spokesperson of the NJC, Soji Oye, revealed that the assembly which commenced at 11am lasted until 5:30pm, with the Chief Decide of the Excessive Courtroom of the FCT additionally in attendance.
He mentioned the CJN first had a one-on-one interplay with the CJ of the FCT, Abuja, after which the CJs of Rivers, Kebbi, Cross River, Jigawa, Anambra, and Imo.
The Chief Decide of Delta was not current on the assembly.
“Every of the CJs current was individually quizzed personally by the CJN for over an hour earlier than he later learn the riot act in a joint session with all of them,” the assertion mentioned.
“A harm to 1 jurisdiction is a harm to all,” the CJN, who was mentioned to be visibly offended, was quoted as telling the judges. “We should, due to this fact, put an finish to indiscriminate granting of ex parte orders, conflicting judgements or rulings occasioned by forum-shopping.
“Your job as Heads of Courtroom is a sacred one, and it, due to this fact, contains you vicariously taking the sins of others. There have to be an finish to this nonsense.
“You shall henceforth take absolute cost in assigning circumstances or issues, particularly political personally. We will make an instance with three judges and by no means we could condone such act.”
Three of the judges who granted conflicting ex parte orders have been invited to seem earlier than the NJC to indicate trigger why disciplinary motion shouldn’t be taken in opposition to them for granting such orders.
The assertion was, nevertheless, silent on the id of the affected judges.
Justice Muhammed additionally warned all of the CJs to keep away from unnecessarily assuming jurisdiction in issues with comparable topics and events already earlier than different courts, in order to guard the court docket from attorneys who have been out for forum-shopping.
He suggested them to work in tandem with all their judges to salvage the picture of the judiciary.
The CJN warned the CJs to desist from the apply of designating newly appointed judicial officers as trip judges and assigning complicated circumstances to inexperienced judges.
He suggested all heads of court docket to be present on the developments within the polity and the judgments delivered by courts of varied jurisdictions and to urgently problem apply course to information judges of their numerous courts to keep away from giving conflicting selections.
Justice Muhammed concluded that the judiciary would now not condone indiscipline or enable any decide to tarnish the picture of the judiciary.
The NJC is to ask all heads of courts to a gathering to re-emphasise the necessity for the judiciary to be circumspect on the difficulty of granting ex parte orders.
It should additionally meet and collaborate with the management of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA) on the identical problem.