The National Judicial Council is set to bar media coverage of allegations of misconduct leveled against judges and employees of the judiciary.
This is contained in the National Judicial Policy to be launched by the NJC today which will widen the dark veil that shields disciplinary proceedings against judges.
Under the new policy, the NJC or any institutions of the judiciary shall discard a complaint sent against a judge or employee of the judiciary for investigation if after receiving the complaint it is leaked or discussed in the media.
This is coming at a time when the NJC, the body vested with disciplinary powers over judges at all levels, is under public attack for either allegedly shielding corrupt judges or merely giving those found culpable a slap on the wrist.
The criticism of the NJC was sparked by the arrest of seven judges including two serving justices of the Supreme Court over alleged corruption allegations.
In the wake of the arrests, the Department of State Services, said it took the step after the NJC allegedly rebuffed complaints against some of the arrested judges.
But the NJC has since denied the allegation of shielding corrupt judicial officers.