The Supreme Court of Nigeria has placed fresh hurdles ahead of legal practitioners in the country seeking to be conferred with the prestigious rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) for the year 2021.
The fresh hurdles were on Sunday in Abuja reeled out to the applicants through the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee LPPC, an arm of the apex court responsible for the selection of successful candidates.
Among others, newsmen gathered that the SAN rank seekers are to face a panel of selected serving and retired Supreme Court justices and senior lawyers for an oral interview as part of the last leg of the screening process.
Our correspondent was told by a highly placed official of the LPPC that the applicants would during the oral interview be subjected to rigorous interrogation to verify and confirm the authenticity of claims made in their individual application forms.
A total of 79 applicants are billed for the interview out of which a number of successful ones would be endorsed for final approval and conferment.
“I can confide in you that the oral interview will be tough and some will definitely fall by the wayside because it is primarily aimed at pruning down the 79 shortlisted applicants.
“The beauty of it is that the interview will be objective and open and anybody that sails through will be happy that he actually makes it on merit and that is how it is supposed to be”, the source said.
Newsmen reliably gathered that the oral interview has been slated to hold at the main Supreme Court Foyer between October 18 and 20 at 11 am each day.
Notification to applicants stumbled upon by newsmen read in part: “Pursuant to paragraph 5 of the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee Guidelines 2018, you are invited to attend an oral interview, preparatory to the award of the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria SAN, 2021.
“The interview will hold from 18th to 20th October 2021 by 9 am at the Main Court Room Foyer, Supreme Court of Nigeria.”
Secretary of the LPPC, Hajia Hado Sarki-Bello, who also doubles as the acting Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing this report.
Newsmen recall that the successful candidates ought to have been selected and conferred with the rank since September in line with the tradition of the Supreme Court but was put on hold due to controversies raging over this year’s selection processes.