The Law Remains The Law, No Matter Whose Interest Is Involved – CJN

Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has urged judges to uphold the reputation of honesty in the legal system by continuing to render decisions that are just and firm.

He stated this during the opening of the special session of the 2023/2024 Legal year and the Swearing-in of 58 newly conferred Senior Advocates of Nigeria In Abuja.

According to Ariwoola, each judicial officer should put in a great deal of effort, be incredibly honest and polite to litigants, witnesses, and members of the bar, and carry out all of their official duties with the utmost humility.

The CJN further reaffirmed the judiciary’s resolve to make decisions free from the influence of public opinion, all the while promising to protect the rule of law, the judiciary’s comprehensive independence, and the public’s trust and confidence.

He stressed that the law remained the law, no matter whose interest was involved.

As legal interpreters, he urged them to strive to separate emotion from reason and assumption from reality in whatever they did.

In addition, the CJN reminded the judges that while making decisions in matters that come before them, the law would always prevail above popular opinion, sentiment, or passion.

To make the nation a renowned destination for upholding the rule of law and the principles of constitutionalism, Ariwoola declared that the judiciary, in its current form, is more worthy of the public’s faith and confidence than it has ever been.

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