Abuja - Justice Olufunmilayo Olajumoke Atilade has succeeded her sister, Phillips Ayotunde, as Lagos Chief Judge.
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly confirmed her following her nomination by Governor Babatunde Fashola.
During the screening process, Atilade explained that she became a magistrate at age 30 in 1982 and that she was elevated to the position of a judge in 1996.
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She praised her sister for contributing immensely to the growth and development of the judicial arm of the state while promising to continue from there.
She also promised to complete the computerisation process of the judiciary started by her sister and make a case for appointment of more judges to speed up hearing of cases at the court.
"We need about 100 judges to cope with the volume of work we have. Right now we have about 50 judges and the work load is much for them, which means we need about 50 more judges," she said.
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She further said she would continue with the decongestion of prisons started by her predecessor, especially with those awaiting trial which she attributed to delay in DPP report.
Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji admonished the chief judge to work on Section 270 of the 1999 Constitution as amended because the constitution provides that it is the House that should determine the number of judges for the state and not the governor of the state.
- CAJ News