Nigerian Senate increases the size of the judiciary

May 25, 2012 To many lawyers, the Nigerian Senate’s decision to raise the number of judges of the Federal High Court from 70 to 100 is a relief, in the sense that it will facilitate the administration of justice.

This is the fourth time the number of judges of the court will be increased since its establishment in 1973. The court began with just five judges, a figure which increased to 32 in 1990, to 50 in 1992, and then to 70 in 2007.

The question now is whether increase to 100 judges will be enough to ensure efficiency in justice administration, with critics arguing that further reforms are needed, including anti-corruption measures, changes to the way judicial appointments are made, better education for legal professionals, an increase in the quality of support staff, and reform of the rules and laws that govern court proceedings.

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