In a stern address at the 2023 Conference of Judges of the Federal High Court, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, emphasized the critical need for judges to maintain the integrity of the judiciary and avoid actions that could tarnish its image.
Speaking at the event held at the Court’s headquarters in Abuja, Justice Ariwoola urged judges to be cautious and mindful of their responsibility to uphold the highest standards of professionalism.
He specifically cautioned against actions that could bring disrepute to the judiciary, emphasizing the importance of adhering to laws and rules in the execution of their duties.
The Chief Justice stressed the significance of impartiality in delivering judgments and rulings, emphasizing that judges should refrain from attempting to influence any party, regardless of their status or influence.
He said, “Go the extra mile to justify your appointments and do not create loopholes that could tarnish the image and reputation of the Court.
“Do not attempt to convince anybody, no matter how highly placed, but always consult laws and rules before writing your judgments and rulings.
“Always write judgments that the Court of Appeal will have no option but to affirm. Being a judge is not child’s play, particularly in your court, where you don’t sit on a panel. You sit all alone.
“Go the extra mile to justify the appointments and do not create loopholes that could tarnish the image and reputation of the court.”