CJN Warns Judges: Public Opinion Cannot Override the Constitution

CJN Warns Judges: Public Opinion Cannot Override the Constitution

CJN’s Call for Judicial Objectivity

Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), delivered a powerful message during the swearing-in ceremony of 23 newly appointed Federal High Court judges in Abuja.

He emphasized the critical importance of maintaining objectivity in the face of public opinion, asserting that the constitution must always take precedence in judicial decisions.

Public Opinion vs. the Constitution

The CJN highlighted the challenges faced by the judiciary due to frequent criticisms and attacks from the public.

He made it clear that, regardless of public sentiment, the constitution remains the supreme guiding document in all legal judgments. He urged the judges to uphold the principles enshrined in the constitution.

Responsibility of Judges

Justice Ariwoola stressed that judges carry a significant responsibility not only to the legal system but also to the Nigerian masses who place their trust in the judiciary.

He emphasized the need for good moral rectitude and acceptable conduct, acknowledging that judges’ actions and decisions often shape their reputation.

The Role of Conscience

The CJN acknowledged that judges’ conduct, actions, and dispositions are influenced by their conscience.

He reminded them that maintaining a clear conscience is essential in delivering justice. He encouraged them to maintain integrity and avoid any actions that could tarnish their reputation.

Challenges and Expectations

Justice Ariwoola acknowledged the high expectations society places on judicial officers. He emphasized that judges must rise above temptations and trials that may hinder their progress in their careers.

He also warned against succumbing to corruption or compromising their principles.

Judicial Appointment and Integrity

The CJN emphasized that appointment to the bench is not a path to wealth or an extravagant lifestyle. He reminded the new judges that the National Judicial Council (NJC) closely monitors judicial officers and has the authority to take action against any misconduct or corruption.

He urged them to be impartial, fair, honest, and objective in their roles.

Conclusion and Divine Ordination

In conclusion, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola reminded the newly appointed judges that their roles are not accidental but ordained by a higher purpose.

He emphasized the perilous times in the nation and the need for judicial officers who are calculative, honest, and dispassionate in their decisions.

The CJN’s message serves as a call to uphold the integrity of the judiciary and to prioritize the constitution in all legal proceedings.

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