Ethical considerations in judicial appointments in Nigeria: the role of special judicial bodies

Legal Ethics 20 (1):21-42 (2017)
The power to appoint judges and the formal procedure for judicial appointments in Nigeria have been examined by writers, particularly in the context of separation of powers. Shortcomings in the conduct of some judicial officers and the poor performance of some courts continue to generate questions about the suitability of the current appointments process in the quest for a sound judiciary founded on integrity and competence. The article argues that what is missing is due regard for ethics in the appointments process. This point, often overlooked or down played by writers, should be considered by the key players in the appointments process. The article examines the ethical dimensions of the judicial appointments process within the dynamics of the composition and operation of the special judicial bodies and other groups from which these bodies receive nominations for judicial appointments.
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DOI 10.1080/1460728x.2017.1352207
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