Friday, 12 May 2017

Stop The Use Of Mrs/Miss in Court, CJN Tells Female Lawyers

Stop The Use Of Mrs/Miss in Court, CJN Tells Female Lawyers

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen

* Esquire title for lady lawyers in Nigeria

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen in open court today at d Supreme Court advised lawyers to stop the use of Miss/Mrs/Ms for female lawyers appearing in court. That Esq should rather be for announcing appearance with no other title‎.

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This came about in two cases where female lawyers announced their presence in court and added Mrs to it.

The Hon. Chief Justice also advised that where there are more than one person appearing, without title there should be introductory appellation- Messrs whether females or male. But when only one person, name the person and use Esq whether female or male.

A professor of Law, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, SAN applauds the bold opinion of the CJN on his decision that the use of Miss/Mrs should not be used in court.

“This opinion is in accord wit human rights.

I have advised judges in the past that insisting that women should indicate if they were Miss or Mrs is discriminatory and debasing especially in the way the judges ask the questions”, Prof said.

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