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.
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.
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.
Tribute in Honour of Hon. Judge Prince Bola Ajibola, KBE, CFR, SAN, Life Bencher, Former Chairman, Body of Benchers
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
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.
COMMITTEES OF THE BODY OF BENCHERS
The Body of Benchers has both Standing and Adhoc Committees which are usually constituted from time to time.
Here are the numbers of Candidates Called to the Bar