Constitution Does Not Specify That CJN Must Be From The Supreme Court, Group Says

A group of lawyers and activists under the aegis of United Action for Change, UAC, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Supreme Court Justices from outside, as constitution does not specify that such an appointment should be from within.

Making the recommendation at a round-table on access to justice, with a theme: “Repositioning the Judiciary,” held in Lagos, the group noted that the judiciary needs individuals with radical ideas to transform it.

“The Constitution does not specify that a CJN must be appointed from the Supreme Court,” UAC said.

Convener of the event Dr Muiz Banire (SAN) also condemned a situation where individuals who had abandoned legal practice for years were appointed judges and magistrates.

“Someone may have been a lawyer for 10 years and then decide to go into catering, and such a person will then be appointed a judge. That is wrong. Only those in active practice should be appointed judges,” he said.