The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, has cautioned judiciary staff in the country not to allow themselves to become clogs in the wheel of justice.
The CJN, gave the charge while declaring open a national workshop for Secretaries, Court Registrars, Process Clerks and Bailiffs on ethics and anti-corruption at the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Abuja.
He advised them not to be among the minority of unscrupulous persons that want to derail the course of justice and bring the Nigerian judiciary to disrepute.
The CJN said: “It is quite important to remember that your attitude and conduct speaks volumes about the integrity of the Judiciary in the eye of the discerning public.
“Therefore, the perception of every person you serve goes a long way towards the sustenance of public confidence, which is very critical to the administration of justice.
“I therefore urge you not to be among the minute minority of unscrupulous persons that want to derail the course of justice and bring the Nigerian Judiciary to disrepute.’’
Justice Mohammed noted that their failure to work effectively would clog the wheel of justice and urged them to do their best, perform optimally and play their respective roles “efficiently and effectively.’’
Earlier in her welcome address, the Institute Administrator, Justice Roseline Bozimo, said that the participants at the workshop played a very key role in the administration of justice in Nigeria and are responsible for the day-to-day running of the court.
Bozimo said that a court is not properly constituted by the judge or magistrate alone, but it is like an aircraft which must have on board the pilots and crew members.
The National Judicial Institute, she said, deemed it necessary, therefore, to conduct the programme so as to entrench integrity, transparency and excellent ethical behaviour in the judiciary.