The Federal Judicial Service Commission (FJSC) is a body responsible for the appointment and discipline of judicial officers in Nigeria.
The FJSC also determines the salary structure for judicial officers, which is based on their rank and years of service.
Entry Level Salary
Judicial Officer (Level 12): ₦2,385,368.00 per annum
Magistrate (Level 10): ₦1,618,884.00 per annum
Customary Court Judge (Level 10): ₦1,618,884.00 per annum
Sharia Court Judge (Level 10): ₦1,618,884.00 per annum
Chief Judge of Nigeria (Level 17): ₦8,991,877.00 per annum
Justice of the Supreme Court (Level 17): ₦8,991,877.00 per annum
President of the Court of Appeal (Level 16): ₦8,028,594.00 per annum
Judge of the Court of Appeal (Level 16): ₦7,294,995.00 per annum
Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (Level 15): ₦6,256,741.00 per annum
Judge of the Federal High Court (Level 14): ₦5,592,052.00 per annum
President of the National Industrial Court (Level 14): ₦5,592,052.00 per annum
Judge of the National Industrial Court (Level 13): ₦4,810,592.00 per annum
The salary structure for judicial officers in Nigeria is subject to change.
The FJSC may also grant special allowances to judicial officers in certain circumstances.
What is the qualification for a judicial officer in Nigeria?
To be eligible for appointment as a judicial officer in Nigeria, a person must be:
A citizen of Nigeria
A legal practitioner with at least 10 years’ experience
Of good character
How is the FJSC composed?
The FJSC is composed of the following members:
The Chief Justice of Nigeria (Chairman)
The President of the Court of Appeal
The Attorney-General of the Federation
The Grand Khadi of Nigeria
The President of the Customary Court of Appeal of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja
Three other members appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Judicial Council
What are the functions of the FJSC?
The main functions of the FJSC are to:
Advise the President on the appointment of judicial officers
Recommend the removal of judicial officers
Exercise disciplinary control over judicial officers
Manage and supervise the Federal Judicial Service
What is the importance of the FJSC?
The FJSC plays a vital role in ensuring the independence of the judiciary in Nigeria. The FJSC’s independence from the executive branch of government helps to protect judicial officers from undue influence and ensures that they can carry out their duties without fear or favor.