A critical analysis of the
anti-corruption policy of the
national judicial council of Nigeria
Ehi Eric Esoimeme
Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Purpose –This paper aims to examine the new anti-corruption policy of the National Judicial Council of
Nigeria to determinethe level of effectiveness of its preventive measures and to providerecommendations on
how the policy couldbe strengthened.
Design/methodology/approach –This paper relies mainlyon primary and secondary data drawn from
the public domain.It also relies on documentary research.
Findings –This paper determinedthat the anti-corruption policy of the National Judicial Council of Nigeria
could achieve its desired objectivesif the following recommendations are implemented:The Central Bank of
Nigeria should permanently discontinue production of large denomination bank notes like the 1,000 naira
notes and the 500 naira note. This policywill make it more difﬁcult for corrupt judicial ofﬁcers to smuggle
signiﬁcant amounts of cash out of Nigeria. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria should be
amended to allowordinary citizens to participate in the criminal justicesystem. The jury system will speed up
corruption trials, reducebias, corrupt inducement of judges and enhance administration of justice in Nigeria.
Statutes and civil procedure rulesshould require lawyers to certify “after reasonable enquiry”that motions
have not been interposedfor delay. As most courts experience high rates of adjournmentbecause of medical
illness, the adjournment policy of the National Judicial Council of Nigeria should be amended to require a
doctors’certiﬁcateand, if necessary, require the doctor to appear, with costs met by the lawyer. The National
Judicial Council of Nigeria should be constitutionally mandated to provide the Attorney General of the
Federationwith a copy of any petition ﬁled against a judicial ofﬁcer by a member of the public.
Research limitations/implications –This paper focuses on the new anti-corruption policy of the
NationalJudicial Council of Nigeria. It does not address the older policies.
Originality/value –This paper offers a criticalanalysis of the new anti-corruption policy of the National
JudicialCouncil of Nigeria. The paper will provide recommendationson how the policy could be strengthened.
This is the only paperto adopt this kind of approach.
Keywords Money laundering, Judicial corruption, National judicial council of Nigeria,
National judicial policy
Paper type Research paper
Corruption in the judiciary poses a serious threat to the implementation of anti-money
laundering and counter-terrorist ﬁnancing (AML/CTF) recommendations because people
involved in money laundering, corruption and predatory crimes are often left out of the
noose of prosecution irrespective of the hard efforts made by investigating agencies to
ensure that these criminals are brought to justice [The Inter-Governmental Action Group
against Money Launderingin West Africa (GIABA), 2010].
The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeriaas well as International and regional
human rights instruments recogniseas fundamental the right of everyone to due process of
law, including to a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial
tribunal established by law. The importance of this right in the protection of human
Journalof Money Laundering
Vol.21 No. 3, 2018
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