CJN urges judges to remain firm as public perception of judiciary improves

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has urged judges to be strong, courageous, fair but firm to sustain the ongoing improvement of public perception in the judiciary.

Onnoghen said this at the annual Justices of Court of Appeal Conference on Thursday in Abuja.

“As you must be aware, the narrative and public perception of the Judiciary is changing. This, to my mind, is an indication that the Judiciary remains the beacon of hope of any Society.

It is not yet Uhuru, as we are not completely out of the woods. If anything, this is a call to more work,’’ he said.

He said: “as I told you last year, cautiously opening up the Judiciary to the public helps to change the wrong perception people have of the activities of the Courts.

Where people are well informed, incidents of rumours, fake news, false allegations, petitions etc are reduced’’.

The CJN further said the judges must be in absolute control of their courts and the information they put in the public domain.

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