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The Supreme Court of Nigeria,
3 Arms Zone, Aso Villa,
Abuja, FCT

 +234 815 257 6253,
+234 809 131 8059

 Email: info@scn.gov.ng

Website: www.scn.gov.ng
THE NIGERIAN SUPREME COURT

The highest level of Nigeria's Judiciary is the Supreme Court. It is constitutionally vested with the Supreme judicial powers of the Nigerian sovereignty as a member of the comity of nations, for the maintenance of justice within the territory. It also inheres within itself, since 1963, the final appellate judicial authority of the Nigerian Federation.


The Chief Justice  and individual justices of the Court, located in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, are appointed through a process that is designed to ensure that the wisdom of the people's of Nigeria for the enforcement and making of the Laws of the Land through their elected President and National assembly are involved in the appointment of any single member of the Supreme Court. Nonetheless, as a minimum, no person can be considered for the office of a justice of the Supreme Court justice except that person
must has been qualified to practise as a legal practitioner in Nigeria for, at least, 15 years.


Currently, the justices on the Court are:

Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed GCON

Hon. Justice W.S. Nkanu Onnoghen CFR

Hon. Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad CFR

Hon. Justice Suleiman Galadima CFR

Hon. Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour CFR

Hon. Justice Nwali Sylvester Ngwuta CFR

Hon. Justice Mary Ukaego Peter-Odili CFR

Hon. Justice Olukayode Ariwoola

Hon. Justice Musa Dattijo Muhammad

Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi

Hon. Justice Kumai Bayang Akaahs OFR

Hon. Justice Kudirat M.O Kekere-Ekun

Hon. Justice John Inyang Okoro

Hon. Justice Chima Centus Nweze

Hon. Justice Amiru Sanusi OFR

 
JURISDICTION OF THE SUPREME COURT

The Supreme Court occupies a special role in upholding the sovereignty of Nigeria. It is the highest Court in Nigeria as it is the final appellate court where every judicial contest started in any court in Nigeria cannot go beyond. All other courts in Nigeria are below it - with the Court of Appeal occupying the next rank immediately below the Supreme court.


The Supreme Court deals majorly with matters on appeal from lower courts which have gone through the Court of Appeal. Together, those matters form the appellate jurisdictions of the Court. In addition, the Court also handle some special classes of matters which can only be started and finished in the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Matters in the latter group which form the original jurisdiction of the Court include:

1. dispute between the Federal Government and one or more States of the Federation Republic of Nigeria;

2. dispute between 2 or more states/federating units of the Federal Republic Nigeria; and

3. any other original jurisdiction conferred upon the Supreme Court by  the National Assembly.   



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