On Tuesday, January 25, Vice President Biden spoke at the Justice Sector Reform Summit 2022, which was themed ‘Devising Practical Solutions for Improved Performance, Enhanced Accountability, and Independence in the Justice Sector.’ He said that the conditions in which judicial officers work must be good enough to attract the best minds in the profession.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has stated that judges in the country should not be paid less than federal legislators.
Osinbajo said; “Why should a judge earn so much less than a federal legislator? There’s no basis for it whatsoever. We should in fact benchmark without necessarily creating fresh new legislation because the legislature doesn’t have any legislation about their own salaries.
“If we benchmark what a federal judicial officer/Court of Appeal Judge earns to what a House of Representatives member earns, you’d find a startling difference. If you benchmark a Supreme Court Justice to what a Senator earns, you’d notice the difference.
If we start that quick process now, we wouldn’t have to go through the rigorous process of legislation. We’d just benchmark the salaries even if we’re going to call it allowances.
“The truth of the matter is that the responsibilities of the judge or justice of the Supreme Court/Court of Appeal are such they must be well remunerated. They’re such that when they retire, they must be able to go to homes that they own in decent places where they live. That’s the way it should be. “We shouldn’t have a situation where judges are anxious that when they retire, they won’t have homes to go to, because their salaries today can’t build anything decent.”