As opposed to the previously scheduled date of November 21, 2022, the 62 new Senior Advocates of Nigeria will be sworn in by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, on Monday, November 28, 2022, in the Supreme Court’s main courtroom.
According to the statement by the Director of Information and Press, Supreme Court, Dr. Festus Akande issued on Monday in Abuja , the earlier date had to be shifted to the new date in order to accommodate other programmes slated for the Court’s new legal year.
The swearing-in ceremony is one of the several programmes lined up to formally usher in the 2022/2023 legal year of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
During the legal year, the CJN will deliver a state-of-the Judiciary address to highlight the performance of the Apex Court and the Nigerian Judiciary in the outgoing 2021/2022 legal year.
The statement recalled that out of the 174 applicants for the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in 2022, 62 were successful at the end of the selection exercise.
It indicated that out of the number, 53 are advocates, while 9 are academics.
The Supreme Court commenced its annual vacation after the 2021/2022 legal year on July 23, 2022.
Though the Court started sitting on September 12, 2022, the new legal year ceremony is now being formally held in line with the Supreme Court’s tradition.