The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Monday, described Nigerians as the most litigious people on earth, calling on the public to drastically reduce litigation and embrace other dispute resolution routes without necessarily overstretching the Judiciary.
The CJN was speaking while swearing-in 63 Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, noted that not every disagreement should end in the court.
He explained that currently the judiciary has over 4,741 backlogs of cases, out of which 1,392 are criminal cases.
“In every little disagreement, we rush to court; and in every lost case, we rush to appeal, even up to the Supreme Court, no matter how little the issue might be. That has obviously accounted for the several appeals pending in the Supreme Court.
On the new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), Justice Ariwoola said: “After conducting the specified screening and filtration exercises, the LPPC came up with 62 successful candidates who, by all standards, can be regarded as eminently deserving of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria”.
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