By Olalekan Awojodu
The Chief Justice of Nigeria(CJN), Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad has stated that a total number of 189 judgments were given within the legal year under review.
Muhammad, who was reeling out the apex court performance report in the last legal year, said a total of 908 cases, comprising of motions and appeals were filed in the apex court.
The CJN made the disclosure at the 2020/2021 legal year cum swearing-in ceremony of the 72 newly conferred Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN).
Represented by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour, the CJN disclosed further that out of the number, the court heard 497 civil, 168 criminal and 35 political, thus amounting to a total of 700 motions.
He added that the court considered a total number of 208 appeals, being 134 civil, 52 criminal and 22 political matters.
“For instance, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has so far disposed of 52 corruption and financial crime cases. The Court of Appeal, 121 cases, Federal High Court, 19 cases, FCT High Court, 10 cases, and all states High Courts, 188 cases,’’ the CJN said
On professionalism, Muhammad cautioned lawyers against misconduct and disobedience to court orders during court proceedings.
He said, “Apart from the mode of dressing which I have occasionally complained about, the conduct of some lawyers within and outside the courtrooms call for serious concern.
“I appeal to lawyers, particularly the young ones to always observe all court rules and not mislead their clients for pecuniary gains,”