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CJN tasks senior advocates on ethical standards

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Walter Onnoghen

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, yesterday charged senior advocates to ensure strict observance of ethical standards and respect the rule of law, saying they were the underlying principles of justice and
bedrock of democracy.

Justice Onnoghen, who spoke in Lagos at the maiden yearly lecture of the Body of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (BOSAN), described the legal profession as the bearer of the justice system as it is directly engaged in the administration of justice.

The theme of the event was “Practicing in a Regulated Profession: Challenges of Contemporary Law Practice.”

He stressed that as in the case of the medical practitioner, who is indispensable in ensuring good health for persons, the legal practitioner, through ethical representation of clients, plays important roles in the social lives of persons which further transcends to the public confidence in the justice sector.

According to him, the reform of the justice sector is indispensable in strengthening the rule of law, as it is through the instrumentality of reform that the yearnings of the public can be met.

The CJN, who expressed regret that the actions of some of the inner Bar had recently been questioned, urged the senior advocates to appreciate that integrity is crucial to the judiciary and reputation is the most important asset.

According to him, members of the public have confidence not only in the courts but members of the Bar, who are the bridge between the courts and the public.


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