Acting CJN Wants More Transparency In Judiciary
Acting Chief Justice Of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, says the time has come for the judiciary to be more open to the public, especially through the media.
This according to him would encourage public enlightenment while boosting the confidence of the public in the judiciary, as well as removing any negative perception about the arm of government.
He stated that while there is a growing trend of some unscrupulous lawyers discussing matters before the court in public, judicial officers should not fail to invoke their powers of contempt where such utterances occur.
Onnoghen made the comments at a two-day annual end of year conference aimed at x-raying the performance of the court in the year 2016 as well as planning for the years ahead.
The event saw Appeal court justices drawn from various divisions across the country as well as their Supreme Court counterparts.
President of the Appeal court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, who hosted the event, commended the justices for remaining resolute even in the face of the many challenges that confronted the judiciary in the course of the year.
Supporting her position, the Acting Chief Justice said the challenges confronting the judiciary is an opportunity for the sector to reaffirm its commitment to the rule of law and its independence.
He however re-iterated the need for the judiciary to be more open to the public as a way of improving its image.
This is coming after many have raised suggestions for judicial reforms and with the discussions as well as set plans for 2017 and beyond, it is expected that the sector receives the much needed overhauling.