CJN to Affirm 58 New Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) Next Monday

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, is set to swear in 58 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SANs) on Monday, November 27, 2023, at the main Courtroom of the Supreme Court, as part of the programmes lined up for the 2023/2024 legal year of the Court.

Following the age-long tradition, the CJN will deliver a state-of-the-art Judiciary address during the special court session. This address will highlight the performance of the Apex Court and the Nigerian Judiciary in general in the 2022/2023 legal year.

The Director of Press and Information of the Apex Court, Dr Akande Festus, made this known in a press statement he issued on Sunday in Abuja. He stated that other leading stakeholders in the Justice Sector will present speeches at the occasion on the state of the country’s justice sector.

These leading stakeholders include the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (BOSAN) and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

114 applications were received by the Legal Practitioners’ Privileges Committee (LPPC) for the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2023. Out of the number, 101 are advocates while 13 are academics.

The total number of qualified applicants shortlisted after the Advocates 1st and 2nd Filtration Stages, Academic Pre-qualification, Academic 2nd Filtration Exercise, the Independent Appeals Hearing and Chambers Inspection Exercises was 69. This list comprises 57 advocates and 12 academics.

After conducting the specified screening and filtration exercises, which include several appearances in superior courts, recommendations by Justices of the Supreme Court and Judges of superior courts, Chamber inspections, approval on eligibility and integrity of the candidates from the Nigerian Bar Association, Body of Senior Advocates of Nigeria and the general public, amongst others, the LPPC came up with 58 successful candidates. Out of the figure, 57 are advocates while one is an academic.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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