Chapter VII
The Judicature

Part I
Federal Courts
A - The Supreme Court of Nigeria


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    1. The shall be a Supreme Court of Nigeria.
    2. The Supreme Court of Nigeria shall consist of :-
      1. the Chief Justice of Nigeria; and
      2. such number of Justices of the Supreme court, not exceeding twenty-one, as may be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly.

    1. The appointment of a person to the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria shall be made by the President on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council subject to confirmation of such appointment by the Senate.
    2. The appointment of a person to the office of a Justice of the Supreme Court shall be made by the President on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council subject to confirmation of such appointment by the Senate.
    3. A person shall not be qualified to hold the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria or of a Justice of the Supreme Court, unless he is qualified to practise as a legal practitioner in Nigeria and has been so qualified for a period of not less than fifteen years.
    4. If the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria is vacant or if the person holding the office is for any reason unable to perform the functions of the office, then until a person has been appointed to an has assumed the functions of that office, or until the person holding the office has resumed those functions, the President shall appoint the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to perform those functions.

    5. Except on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, an appointment pursuant to the provisions of subsection (4) of this section shall cease to have effect after the expiration of three months from the date of such appointment, and the President shall not re-appoint a person whose appointment has lapsed.
    1. The Supreme Court shall, to the exclusion of any other court, have original jurisdiction in any dispute between the Federation and a State or between State if and in so far as that dispute involves any question (whether of law or fact) on which the existence or extent of a legal right depends.
    2. In addition to the jurisdiction confer#FF0000 upon it by subsection (1) of this section, the Supreme Court shall have such original jurisdiction as may be confer#FF0000 upon it by any Act of the National Assembly.

      Provided that no original jurisdiction shall be confer#FF0000 upon the Supreme Court with respect to any criminal matter.


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