- Says court registrars, clerks, bailiffs, others are the face of the judiciary
- Demands high ethical standard from them
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen on Monday threatened to weed out any support staff of the judiciary found to be corrupt or engage in any action capable of soiling the image of the nation’s judiciary.
Onnoghen who spoke in Abuja at the opening ceremony of the 2017 national workshop for support staff of the judiciary including Court Secretaries, Registrars, Court Clerks, Protocol Officers, Bailiffs and Process Servers, said no misconduct from them would be tolerated because they are the face of the judiciary.
The workshop will last four days.
Although the CJN was not present in person at the occasion, his speech was read on his behalf by the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo.
According to the CJN, the judiciary would not tolerate corrupt support staff not only because such individuals are not to supposed to be found on the corridor of court of justice but also because they “are the first point of contact with members of the public.
“As officers in charge of the day-to-day running of the courts, it is imperative that you display high ethical standards of behaviour and be guided by the Code of Conduct for Court Employees.
“Distinguished participants, let me state here that the judiciary is keen on setting out clear standards and establishing a result oriented institution for effective administration of justice.
“Properly specified and monitored targets will continue to be utilised as powerful tools for improvement of efficiency and effectiveness of the court to ensure that these standards keep rising.
“You must wake up to playing your part in the actualisation of this goal. I urge you to make use of available management techniques to improve your service delivery.
“It is imperative for you all to shun all forms of corruption and its tendencies. Corruption has no place in the judiciary, the big stick shall spare no one, thus commitment to duty and honesty should be your watchword.
Earlier, the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Justice Bozimo had also harped on the need for the participant support staff of the judiciary to shun all forms of corrupt practices for the interest and integrity of the judiciary.
Although she was physically present at the event, her speech was read on her behalf by the Institute’s Secretary, Mr Maidama while Justice Bozimo read the speech of the CJN at the occasion.
Advising the support staff of the judiciary, Justice Bozimo said: “the role of court employees today is not only restricted to the management of the court and its records, but extends to other responsibilities such as accountability, confidentiality, impartiality and uprightness.
“Therefore, the foundation of ‘justice to all’ starts from the court employees and this has to do with diligence in the discharge of your duties.
“You must at all times protect the interest of the Court and shun all forms of corrupt practices for the interest and integrity of the judiciary. Your role is not only supportive but also complementary to that of the judicial officers.
“Distinguished participants, as you are the first point of contact to the Court, I urge you all to always strive to attain excellence in the discharge of your duties and use this workshop as an opportunity to enrich your knowledge, boost your intellectual capacity and get accustomed to the best global practices for optimum performance,” she added.