CJN Bars Judges From Uploading Personal Pictures On Social Media 


The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, has warned Judges to stop uploading pictures of their personal activities on social media platforms.

Justice Onnoghen issued the warning while speaking at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Induction Course for newly appointed Judges and Kadis, held at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, in Abuja.

He said it was wrong for judicial officers to discuss matters of public interest on the internet.

According to him, “As Judicial Officers, you must refrain from matters of public interest on the internet and social media.

“You must also desist from uploading pictures of your personal activities online. In the light of the aforesaid, caution is obviously the operative word”.

Aside enjoining the new Judges to always be punctual, the CJN, also implored them to deploy Information Technology, ICT, tools in the discharge of their duties.

He said: “At this juncture, let me hasten to admonish your lordships to always be punctual to court sittings. You must be an exemplary Judge and also be seen as manifesting the enviable virtues of the judiciary. This will in turn improve judicial practice as well as contribute to fleshing out what judicial virtues consist of.

“It is apt to mention that technology continues to match inexorably onward in today’s society. As a result, those within the legal community and judges in particular have no choice but to deploy ICT tools in the discharge of their duties.

“This will definitely aid in managing the pace of cases in courts”, the CJN added.