The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola will on Monday, November 27, 2023 swear in 58 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
The Director of Press and Information of the Supreme Court, Dr Akande Festus made this known in a press statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the event will hold at the main Courtroom of the Supreme Court, as part of the programmes lined up for the 2023/2024 legal year of the Court.
Akande said the CJN will : ” In line with the age-long tradition, the CJN wiill deliver a state-of-the Judiciary address that would highlight the performance of the Supreme Court in particular and the Nigerian Judiciary in general in the 2022/2023 legal year.”
According to him, other leading stakeholders in the Justice Sector will present speeches bordering on the state of the sector of the country at the occasion.
They include the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) amongst others.
It will be recalled that 114 applications were received by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) for the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2023.
Out of the number, 101 are advocates while 13 are academics.
After conducting the specified screening and filtration exercises which included a number of appearances in superior courts, recommendations by Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of superior courts, Chamber inspections; approval on eligibility and integrity of the candidates from the Nigerian Bar Association, Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria and the general public, amongst others, the LPPC came up with 58 successful candidates.
Out of the figure, 57 are advocates while one is an academic.
All the programmes outlined to mark the formal commencement of the new legal year will start at 10am in the main Courtroom of the Supreme Court.