The National Judicial Council, NJC, deems it illegal for judges or
other court staff to accept gifts from other arms of government.
This is part of the provisions in a new National Judicial Policy, NJP, initiated the the NJC, Vanguard reports.
This policy is to stem corruption and other unethical practices in the judiciary. And it comes at a time when judges were arrested and their homes raided over allegations of corruption.
The existing Code of Conduct for judicial officers reads: “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.”
The new policy on the other hand “particularly bars judges and other court staff from accepting gifts from other arms of government, and made compliance mandatory.”
Section 2(3)(2) of the new policy reads:
“The Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers and Code of Conduct for Court Employees, with the amendment discouraging acceptance of gifts from other arms of government, should be such as would be adequate. Compliance with their provisions shall be mandatory.”