Some lawyers have been apprehended for forging court judgments in a bid to qualify as Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN), the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has said.
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Onnoghen, according to Guardian, made the disclosure yesterday at an event marking the beginning of the 2018/2019 Legal Year for the Supreme Court and the conferment of the prestigious title on 30 lawyers.
“I have to point out the fact that in the just-concluded exercise, some applicants were found to have engaged in dishonourable conducts such as the forgery of judgments, resulting in their being reported to the police for investigation and possible prosecution. We have to know that if one is not for any reason qualified to wear silk as a judicial officer, he cannot wear it as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria,” the paper quoted the CJN as saying.
SAN may be bestowed on legal practitioners of not less than 10 years’ standing and who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession and have been involved in at least eight, six and three judgments of the High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court respectively.