|Hon. Justice Bode – Rhode Vivour was born into the famous family of Hon. Justice Chief Akinwunmi R.W Rhodes-Vivour (deceased) of Lagos Island, Lagos state on the 22nd March 1951. His Lordship had his basic educational background in Nigeria, where he got his LL.B (Hons) in the university of Lagos in 1974 and B.L at the Nigeria Law School in 1975.|
In 1983 his Lordship travelled to Chicago, U.S.A for Advanced course in Legislative Drafting and also got Certificate in Legislative Drafting in School of Law, Nairobi, a course conducted under auspices of Commonwealth Programme in 1979. Hon. Justice Bode – Rhode Vivour had served both at the State level and National level, He served as a Pupil State Counsel in 1975 with Lagos State Government, where he rose through the level of position to Director of Public Prosecutions between 1989-1994.He was appointed High Court Judge in 1994, and promoted to Court of Appeal in 2005 and was sworn in as Justice of Supreme Court Of Nigeria in 2010.He was also on International and Foreign posting in 2008,where he was on secondment from the Nigeria Government of the Sierra Leone Judiciary as Justice of the Supreme Court of Sierra Leone. His Lordship had served as a member of many national assignments such as: Election Petition Tribunal, Rivers and Imo States1999, Election Petition Tribunal, kwara and Anambra State 2003-2004, Election Petition Tribunal Edo state 2005-2006, Member Election Appeal Tribunal, Oyo, Ogun and Osun State 2009. His Lordship had attended several conference within and outside Nigeria; Delegate and Repourture at the all Nigerian Judges conferences Abuja in 2001,Reform of Criminal Justice System The Hague, Netherland 2003 and he had written an delivered several papers which includes; “Institution of Criminal proceedings” delivered at the Training programme for the newly appointed Judges of Lagos State in 2001, ‘Fair Hearing, Law and Practice’ delivered at the Zonal Workshop For Customary Court Judges in Southern Zone organised by the National Judiciary Institute in June 2001, “ Nigeria Judiciary in the 21st century, The Expectations”, delivered at the Nigeria Judges Conference in 2011, ‘Law and Social Change’ paper presented at The 2012 Ogun state judge’s Conference October 2012 among others. His Lordship’s philanthropic gestures and his dedication to justice, Law and Order in the society and his invaluable service to humanity had been recognised has he got several meritorious awards such as A recipient of the Lagos State Judiciary Merit Award 2003.Honoured by Lagos State Government for outstanding Contribution to the Lagos State Ministry of Justice 2003.Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria CFR 2012. His Lordship is a member of some notable clubs and professional associations. He is a lover of sport movies and documentaries, and he enjoys reading, and his happily married with children.