The Chief Justice Of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen and the Administrator, National Judicial Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo, on Monday, charged workers across courts in the country to avoid corrupt and other unethical practices in the discharge of their lawful duties.
Onnoghen, while stressing that he will not hesitate to wield the big stick over anyone found wanting in discharge of his or her duty, said that such negative conducts impedes the effective running of the courts as well as impact on effective justice delivery.
In the same vein, the NJI administrator remarked that corrupt practices endanger the effectiveness of the court system.
Both Onnoghen and Bozimo stated at a workshop organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) for court’s support staff, including secretaries, registrars, court clerks, protocol officers, bailiffs and process servers in Abuja.
The weeklong workshop, has as its theme: “Enhancing the operational capacity of the Judiciary staff.”
Onnoghen, in his remarks, urged the participants to be more committed to duty and refrain from allowing their personal interests interfere in the performance of the official duties.
The CJN in his remarks presented by Bozimo observed that the role of court staff now exceeds the management of court and its records, to now include accountability, impartiality and uprightness, a development that requires them to be diligent in the discharge of their duties.
He urged them to continue to improve on their skills, including being proficient in the application of information and communication technologies to court’s operations.
“It is important to mention that this category of support staff in the Judiciary is indispensable in the administration of justice.
“Therefore, I would like to point out that your attitude and conduct towards court users must be that of responsibility and accountability in order to boost public confidence in the Judiciary”, he said.
“As officers in charge of the day-to-day running of the court’s, it is imperative that you display high ethical standard in your behaviour and be guided by the code of conduct for court employees.
“It is imperative for you all to shun all form 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 watch word,” the CJN added.
In her welcome address, Bozimo said the workshop was intended to enhance the capacity of this category of court staff as part of efforts to ensure improved justice delivery.
Bozimo, whose speech was read by NJI’s Secretary, Abubakar Maidama, also warned the participants against unethical conduct in view of their importance to court’s operations and the integrity of the court system.
She said: “You must, at all times, protect the interest of the court and shun all forms of corrupt practices for the interest of the interest and integrity of the Judiciary.
“Your role is not only supportive, but also complementary to that of the judicial officers (judges and Justices),” Onnoghen told the workshop participants,” Bozimo said.