Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade – Appointment of new judges will boost capacity, says Lagos CJ
The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade has said the appointment of the three new judges in the State is to enhance and strengthen the capacity base of the State judiciary.
She said the effort is also a “deliberate intent to further the course of justice, enhance service delivery and ultimately, to ensure quick dispensation of cases”.
She also said the appointed of the judges of High Court has increased the numbers of judges in the State to 57 and that their appointment followed due process.
Her words: “Today, I am pleased to present before this august gathering these judicial officers, whose addition, would further strenghten the capacity base of the state judiciary.
“Expectedly, their appointment followed due process, in line with the provisions of section 271 (2) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended. Their formal presentation to the bar and the public as being witness here today, is in line with acceptable norm, practice and tradition in legal profession,” she stated.
Atilade stated this in her address delivered at the presentation of the newly appointed judges of High Court at the High Court Foyer, Igbosere, Lagos.
The CJ also emphasized on the relationship between the bar and bench and described it as a pivotal to effective justice administration in the State.
“Being major partners and stakeholders in justice delivery sector, the coordinate efforts, purpose driven working relationship and understanding between the bar and bench are pivotal to effective, unimpeded justice administration,” she declared.
Also speaking with journalists at the presentation of the judges, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Sylva Ogwemoh, urged the newly appointed judges to discharge their duties without fear or favour.
He also warned them that they should be aware that corruption is no longer tolerated in the judiciary, urging them to deliver judgments based on facts and the law irrespective of who is involved.
He also admonished the judges to have the fear of God in the course of their duty as ministers of justice.
Present at the occasion were the three newly appointed judges: Justices Emmanuel Ogundare, Sherifat Solebo, Idowu Alakija and other Judges of the High Court of the State.
Others are the Attorney-General of the State, Mr Kazeem Adeniji, Mr. Norison Quakers (SAN) and lawyers from the Lagos Ministry of Justice amomg others.