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.