The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Aloma Mukhtar, has said that no judge in any of the courts in the country would be spared if found guilty of delivering a bias judgment.
Justice Mukhtar stated this in Abuja, while speaking at a refresher course on how to write judgment, organised for judges and Khadis by the National Judicial Institute (NJI). She also noted that public confidence in justice delivery was beginning to dwindle.
The CJN also added that the performance reports of judges by the Performance Evaluation Committee set up by the National Judicial Council (NJC) would be used to punish them for any wrong committed in the course of carrying out their judicial duty.
According to her, “the NJC, through its Performance Evaluation Committee, is concerned about the quality and quantity of the output of judges in terms of the monthly returns they file… Let us not deceive ourselves, the public confidence and trust in our work as judicial officers is beginning to nosedive. This is borne out partly from judgment emanating from our courts which the public or some section of it feels is rather unconscionable,” she said. She added that NJC would strengthen the work of the evaluation committee, adding that performance reports of judges would also be used to discipline them.