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Judicial Officers Salaries Bill Passed by Reps: CJN Set to Receive N5.39m Monthly

Judicial Officers Salaries Bill Passed by Reps: CJN Set to Receive N5.39m Monthly

The House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at revising the salaries, allowances, and fringe benefits of judicial office holders across Nigeria.

The bill, presented to the Green Chamber by President Bola Tinubu, proposes substantial increases, with the Chief Justice of Nigeria set to receive a total monthly package of N5.39 million.

If enacted into law, the bill seeks to amend the Certain Political, Public and Judicial Office Holders (Salaries and Allowances, etc) Act, No. 6, 2002 (as amended). It aims to address the prolonged stagnation in remuneration for judicial officers and align their earnings with contemporary socio-economic realities.

According to the breakdown provided in the bill, the Chief Justice of Nigeria is slated to receive an annual basic salary of N13.46 million, along with various regular and non-regular allowances.

Other justices of the Supreme Court and the President of the Court of Appeal are also set to receive significant salary increases under the proposed legislation.

The bill outlines detailed allowances for judicial office holders, including rent, leave allowances, duty tour allowances, estacodes, severance gratuity, furniture allowances, and motor vehicle loans.

Additionally, Professional Development Assistants will be paid from the National Judicial Council (NJC) pool.

Notably, the proposed legislation stipulates that utilities and security will be provided via tax-deferred payments.

If signed into law, the revised salaries and allowances are expected to take effect from January 1, 2024.

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