CJN tasks court staff on honesty, integrity


The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has asked court’s staff to help change public perception of the Judiciary for the better.
Onnoghen urged them always put up positive attitude and act honestly at all time.
The CJN spoke in Abuja on Monday at the opening session of the 2018 national workshop for Chief Registrars, Deputy Chief Registrars and secretaries Judicial Service Commissions/ committee.
The event, put together by the National Judicial Institute (NJI), has as its theme: “Applying best practices in court administration.”
The CJN, who noted the importance of the event’s participants in the operation of the Judiciary, urged them to put it their best to ensure the court continue to give its best.
Onnoghen said: “It behoves on you to ensure that both Judicial Officers and Court staff work in synergy to ensure that the judiciary continues to function optimally.
“No doubt, this places onerous responsibilities on your respective capable shoulders.
“The effective and efficient performance of your duties will enable the judiciary to run smoothly like a well-oiled machine.
“Consequently, your ever expanding duties require you to become court administrators, taking cognizance the fact that you manage both the human and material resources of the court.
“Thus, you must be honest and be persons of exceptional integrity.
“Your actions are like a beacon of light that other staff can aspire to follow upon for guidance.”
He said the workshop was part of efforts to further empower the court’s staff to enable them contribute their best.
Onnoghen further explained that the workshop “captures our efforts in ensuring better justice delivery in Nigeria, which has become imperative especially if justice is viewed within the context of service delivery.
“It also brings to focus the present challenges in court administration.
“The theme of this workshop underscores the fact that the public perception of the judiciary is largely determined by how we apply best practices in the business of the court.
“Thus, when the top echelons of the judiciary are properly trained, fully equipped and highly conscientious, then our Judiciary will function optimally and further deepen public confidence in our ability to administer justice without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.”