Nigeria’s Chief Justice warns courts staff against leaking judgements

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Nigeria’s Chief Justice, Walter Onnoghen, has accused staff of courts of leaking the rulings and judgements yet to be delivered by judges, to parties in the cases.

Justice Onnoghen levelled the allegation, at a national workshop for information and communication technologists staff of courts.

Warning courts staff to stop the act, the Chief Justice of the Federation urged them to always be guided by the code of conduct guiding their operations.

He asked them to avoid unethical conduct in order to retain the confidence of the public in the Nigerian judiciary.

Onnoghen said, “In our quest to birth the Judiciary we all desire, I must not fail to emphasise that in the daily discharge of your duties, the code of conduct for court employees must be your guide and standard.

“It is trite to note that it promotes the tenet of transparency, integrity and hard work among staff.

“In this light, you must shun all vices that easily beset you. Vices such as lateness to work, leaking of rulings and judgments as well as absenteeism from work without permission from superior authority must be avoided.”

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