Chief Justice Warns Judges On Plea Bargaining

The Chief Justice of Nigeria; Justice Mariam Aloma-Muktar has warned judges to be weary of unwholesome involvement in plea bargaining. The Chief Justice who was … Continue reading Chief Justice Warns Judges On Plea Bargaining


The Chief Justice of Nigeria; Justice Mariam Aloma-Muktar has warned judges to be weary of unwholesome involvement in plea bargaining.

The Chief Justice who was represented at an induction course for newly appointed judges and Kadis by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, noted that it will amount to gross misconduct for judges to be party to any behind the scene agreement between prosecutors and persons standing trial in court.

She further warned judges to desist from leaving their courts and duty posts without the permission of the head of courts as such a conduct will not be condoned by the National Judicial Council and the council will not hesitate to mete out the appropriate punishment.

According to her the National Judicial Council is repositioning itself to ensure that erring judicial officers are properly dealt with.

She however assured the judges that the institution will not be a witch-hunting institution.

On his part the administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Justice Umaru Eri (retired) urged the newly appointed judges to ensure that their judgment writing and delivery are simply and unambiguous so as not to leave anyone in doubt as to what each judgment addresses at any given time.