CHAIRMAN – BODY OF BENCHERS
Hon. Justice Mary U. Peter-Odili, CFR, DSSRS

BODY OF BENCHERS

The Body of Benchers is the legal body of practitioners of the highest distinction in the legal profession, which is responsible for the formal call to the Bar of persons seeking to become legal practitioners as well as disciplining of erring lawyers..

After Nigeria’s independence the Unsworth Commission of Legal Education was constituted by the then Prime Minister Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa. The major recommendation was then henceforth all Lawyers should attend a mandatory course at the Nigeria Law School as a pre-condition for enrolment at the Supreme Court.

 

Mission

To uphold the integrity and excellence of the legal profession by administering fair and rigorous assessments for the formal call to the Bar, nurturing ethical conduct, and fostering continuous professional development. We are dedicated to safeguarding the principles of justice and ensuring accountability within the legal community.

Vission

To be the beacon of legal professionalism, setting the standard for legal education, qualification, and conduct worldwide. Through our commitment to excellence, integrity, and justice, we aim to inspire trust in the legal profession and contribute to a just and equitable society.

LATEST NEWS/PUBLICATIONS/ARTICLES

Address by the Chairman of the Body of Benchers

Wherever you decide to apply your talent as a lawyer, you will be required to act with utmost professionalism and...
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Address by the Chairman of the Body of Benchers

NOTICE OF FUNERAL RITES FOR LATE HON. JUSTICE RAPHAEL C. AGBO JCA, OFR.

All Members of the Body of Benchers are hereby notified of the funeral rites for Late Hon. Justice Raphael C....
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NOTICE OF FUNERAL RITES FOR LATE HON. JUSTICE RAPHAEL C. AGBO JCA, OFR.

NOTICE OF FUNERAL RITES FOR LATE HON. JUSTICE KATE ABIRI, CON, LIFE BENCHER, DSSR.

All Members of the Body of Benchers are hereby notified of the funeral rites for Late Hon. Justice Kate Abiri,...
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NOTICE OF FUNERAL RITES FOR LATE HON. JUSTICE KATE ABIRI, CON, LIFE BENCHER, DSSR.

NOTICE OF BRIEFING SESSION BY THE MENTORING COMMITTEE OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS

The Body of Benchers invites all young lawyers 0-7 years post call to a briefing session on the Mentoring Program...
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NOTICE OF BRIEFING SESSION BY THE MENTORING COMMITTEE OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS

ATTENTION:  BODY OF BENCHERS PROBE NJC SCRIBE OVER N800M PAYMENT

At no point did the Body of Benchers cause an investigation to be carried out against the Secretary of the...
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ATTENTION:  BODY OF BENCHERS PROBE NJC SCRIBE OVER N800M PAYMENT

Tribute in Honour of Hon. Judge Prince Bola Ajibola, KBE, CFR, SAN, Life Bencher, Former Chairman, Body of Benchers

He served as the Chairman, Body of Benchers from 1989 to 1990, during which he contributed immensely to the growth...
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Tribute in Honour of Hon. Judge Prince Bola Ajibola, KBE, CFR, SAN, Life Bencher, Former Chairman, Body of Benchers

the body of benchers visit the FCT Minister

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello, has pledged his Administration’s commitment towards completion of...
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the body of benchers visit the FCT Minister

ADDRESS BY HON. JUSTICE S. U. ONU, JSC CHAIRMAN OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS AT THE CALL TO BAR CEREMONY OF THE NEWLY GRADUATED STUDENTS OF THE NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL ON JUNE 14TH 2005.

Following your call to the Bar today you are hereby admonished to borrow a leaf from this proponent of the...
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ADDRESS BY HON. JUSTICE S. U. ONU, JSC CHAIRMAN OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS AT THE CALL TO BAR CEREMONY OF THE NEWLY GRADUATED STUDENTS OF THE NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL ON JUNE 14TH 2005.

SPEECH PRESENTED BY HON. JUSTICE MUSTAPHA AKANBI, AT THE OCCASION OF CALL TO BAR CEREMONY HELD AT NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL, LAGOS ON THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER, 1995

As you go out into the world to pursue this profession of your choice, it is extremely important for you...
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SPEECH PRESENTED BY HON. JUSTICE MUSTAPHA AKANBI, AT THE OCCASION OF CALL TO BAR CEREMONY HELD AT NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL, LAGOS ON THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER, 1995

ADDRESS BY HON. JUSTICE OLABODE RHODES-VIVOUR, CFR, LIFE BENCHER, CHAIRMAN, BODY OF BENCHERS AT THE CALL TO BAR CEREMONIES HELD AT THE EAGLE SQUARE, ABUJA, ON TUESDAY, 27TH, JULY, 2021

I urge you to be responsible and avoid actions inimical to the ethics of the profession.
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ADDRESS BY HON. JUSTICE OLABODE RHODES-VIVOUR, CFR, LIFE BENCHER, CHAIRMAN, BODY OF BENCHERS AT THE CALL TO BAR CEREMONIES HELD AT THE EAGLE SQUARE, ABUJA, ON TUESDAY, 27TH, JULY, 2021

FUNCTIONS OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS

Here are some of our core functions. To learn more click on the button bellow.

Call to Bar

One of the vital functions of the Body of Benchers is the formal Call to the Bar of persons desirous of becoming Legal Practitioners.

Discipline of erring Lawyers

Another vital function of the Body of Benchers is the discipline of erring lawyers in Nigeria.

Regulating the legal profession

The Body of Benchers makes certain regulations towards upholding the core values of the legal profession.

MENTORING PROGRAMME

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COMMITTEES OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS

The Body of Benchers has both Standing and Adhoc Committees which are usually constituted from time to time.

The Standing Committee are as follows:

1. Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee.

2. Screening Committee.

3. Ethics and Compliance Committee.

4. Benchers Appointment Committee.

5. Publicity Committee.

6. Recruitment, Promotion and Disciplinary Committee.

7. Mentoring Committee.

Adhoc Committees are as follows:

1. Finance Committee

2. Building Committee

Here are the numbers of Candidates Called to the Bar

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