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NJC bars judges, court officials from accepting gifts
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NJC bars judges, court officials from accepting gifts

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court-hammer Judges have been barred from accepting gifts from other arms of government.

Also barred are other court officials, according to the National Judicial Council (NJC), which has also outlawed lobbying of other arms of government by the Judiciary or any of its institutions.

It has also outlined new measures to curb corruption and other unethical conduct among judicial officers and other court staff.

These are part of the provisions in a new “National Judicial Policy (NJP)” to be launched in Abuja today by the NJC.

The policy seeks to merge and improve on the existing NJC National Judicial Policy and a similar policy by the National Judicial Institute (NJI).

The existing Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers provides that “a judge and members of  his/her family shall neither ask for nor accept any gift, bequest, favour, or loan on account of anything done or omitted to be done by him in the discharge of his duties.”