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NJC Summons 3 State High Court Judges Over Low Performance

The National Judicial Council (NJC), has summoned three State High Court judges to show cause why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for low performance. This summon is contained in a statement issued by Mr Soji Oye, NJC’s Acting Director of Information in Abuja on Wednesday.

“The NJC’s decision was taken at its 73rd Meeting chaired by Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Mahmud Mohammed. “The meeting also considered the report submitted by its committee on Performance Evaluation of Judicial Officers of Superior Courts of Record and decided to invite three High Court judges.’’

The names and states of the three judges were not made known. The NJC also considered the appointments of some heads of courts at the meeting. According to the statement, the Chief Judge of the Federal Capital Territory has been sworn in on NJC’s recommendation to the President and following Senate’s confirmation.

“Three Heads of Courts, three High Court judges and one Customary Court of Appeal judge for the states were recommended and forwarded to their respective State Governors for appointment. It said candidates for appointment as Judicial Officers to Superior Courts of Record shall be interviewed by the National Judicial Council.

This is according to one of the new Rules in the Revised 2014 Guidelines and Procedural Rules on appointment of Judicial Officers of the federation “Pursuant to this new rule, two candidates were rejected after interview by National Judicial Council, having been found unsuitable due to their poor knowledge of basic law’’, it said.

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