[MISS or MRS]: Prof. Odinkalu, 2 different Proper Activists Writes Federal Excessive Court docket Chief Choose Over Discriminatory Apply towards Feminine Legal professionals by Judges (See Petition)
Main human proper activist and former chairman of Nationwide Human Rights Fee, Professor Chidi Anselem Odinkalu, and two different human proper activists has written a petition to the Chief Choose of the Federal Excessive Court docket, Honorable Justice John Tsoho over a discriminatory follow by the Judges of the FHC, towards feminine legal professionals showing of their courts.
The petition dated twenty first day of September, co-signed by Gloria Mabelam Ballason, Esq, of “Home of Justice” and Abiodun Baiyewu, Esq of “International Rights”, which was additionally made out there to BarristerNG.com, acknowledged that feminine Lawyer are compelled by Judges to point their marital standing whereas showing earlier than the judges.
A part of the petition reads “…..got here to our consideration and we have now independently verified that “a number of honourable judges of the Federal Excessive Court docket elsewhere insist on asking feminine counsel showing earlier than them to point whether or not they’re married or single by requiring them to make a compulsory selection between the honorific titles “Mrs” or “Miss” once they announce themselves in courtroom”.
They additional claimed that any feminine lawyer that refuses to take action, normally “run into bother with conducting her circumstances, endure unacceptable bullying from the courtroom or jeering and sniggering”, and different unfair therapy.
They famous that this therapy has no foundation within the rule of courtroom or the Legislation relevant to the Federal Excessive Court docket.
They additional famous that this follow is in violation of part 34 of the 1999 Structure guaranteeing the proper to dignity of human individual and in addition, part 42(1) of the Structure prohibiting discrimination on the premise of intercourse, “which equally extends to the equal safety of the legal guidelines of all customers of the courts, particularly to feminine advocates”.
They appealed to the Chief Choose to take immediate motion to deliver this follow to a halt.
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