Breakdown of Shortlisted Judges by Region as Lawyers, SANs Sidelined

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        The Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) has sidelined lawyers, including the Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), from its ongoing recruitment process for six supreme court vacancies. According to The Punch, 23 lawyers, including eight SANs, applied for the position.


        chief justice of Nigeria, Tanko Muhammad .


        Documents containing the shortlisted

        candidates revealed that only judges of the court of appeal were shortlisted.

        Meanwhile, the position was open to legal practitioners with a minimum of 15 years post-call experience, as stated in section 231(3) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

        According to the documents, 29 judges from the court of appeal from five geopolitical zones made the list. Below is the list: Northcentral – 5 Northwest – 5 South-south – 5 Southwest – 5 Southeast – 9 The chief justice of Nigeria (CJN), Tanko Muhammad, who also served as the chairman of FJSC, on January 19, 2022, in a letter to stakeholders, including the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), requested the nomination of suitable candidates “to fill six present and potential vacancies at the Supreme Court.”


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