The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Wednesday warned judges against bringing the judicial arm of government into disrepute.

He warned them not to try to convince anyone, no matter how high the position, but to always consult the laws and rules before writing their judgments and decisions.

The CJN spoke while declaring the 2023 Federal Supreme Court Judges Conference held at the Court’s headquarters in Abuja open.

He said: “Take extra effort to justify your appointments and do not create loopholes that could tarnish the image and reputation of the Court.

“Do not try to convince anyone, no matter how loud, but always consult the laws and rules before writing your judgments and decisions.

“Always write judgments that the Court of Appeal will have no option but to confirm. Being a judge is no child's play, especially in your courtroom where you don't serve on a jury. You sit alone.

“Make an extra effort to justify appointments and do not create loopholes that could tarnish the image and reputation of the court.”

He also warned judges of the Federal Supreme Court of Nigeria against taking their appointments to the court for granted.

Ariwoola told the judges that the Federal Supreme Court is not only the biggest and best in the country, but the only court that has exclusive home jurisdiction over electoral matters in the country.

“For the reasons I have just listed, I ask you not to take your appointments for granted. More work needs to be done to justify appointments, always presenting judgments and decisions that would not be rejected by the Courts of Appeal,” he said.

The Chief Judge of the court, Justice John Tsoho, recalled the establishment of the court 50 years ago with a single courtroom and five Judges in Lagos, but at this point it has grown to 37 Divisions and 95 Judges.

Justice Tsoho said the 23 Judges recently appointed to bolster the court's performance have since been sworn in and posted to various Divisions.

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