By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJAâ€”The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, SAN, has called for an immediate re-appraisal of the current parameters used by the National Judicial Institute, NJI, to evaluate the performance of Judges in Nigeria.
The AGF, who made this call at an international conference on Judicial Performance Evaluation, organised by the National Judicial Institute, NJI, in collaboration with the European Union, EU, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, in Abuja, maintained that reviewing the performance evaluation mechanism for Judges in the country, will help towards engendering greater productivity and effective justice delivery in Nigeria.
Lending his voice to the call for a review of the system, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloysius Katsina-Alu, in his own speech at the conference, harped on the need for the new yardstick to be in tandem with what obtains in other jurisdictions, adding that the Nigerian judiciary has outgrown the current method of evaluation employed by the NJI to evaluate the performance of Judges in the country.
Participants at the two-days conference included the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of South Sudan, Justice Chan Reec, Senior Justices from other African countries, erstwhile chairman of the Nigerian electoral reform committee, Justice, M.L Uwais, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice M.M Akanbi, a former president of the court of Appeal, Justice Babalakin, Federal High court Judges, as well as the Chief Judges of the 36 states of the federation.
The conference was aimed towards enhancing the process of performance evaluation in the Nigerian Judiciary, with a view to enhancing the integrity, accountability and transparency of the justice system.