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Judges face harsh working conditions-attorney general

16 January 2014, 21:23

Lagos - The Attorney-General of Lagos State,  Ade Ipaye, on Thursday stressed the need for a conducive working environment for judges, in order to enhance smooth dispensation of justice.

Ipaye spoke during a valedictory court session held at the Federal High Court, Lagos, in honour of retired Justice Marcellus Awokulehin, who bowed out of the bench on January 16, after active service.

He said judges were currently faced with harsh working conditions due to congested courtrooms, which made court sittings uneasy for them.

According to Ipaye, inadequate working tools and power failure are also now common place in the courts, adding that it constituted a major draw back to the productivity of judges.

Ipaye also stressed the need for adequate funding for judges, so as to ensure efficiency in the dispensation of their duties.

Quoting the dictum of Lord Culridge, in the famous case of Queens vs Stevens, Ipaye said that there was no safe road for judges to thread on, than to ascertain the law to the best of their ability and to declare according to their judgment.

He, therefore, stressed the need for these problems to be solved without further delay.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that other dignitaries at the court session included the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, as well as serving and retired justices of the court.

Also in attendance were various Senior Advocates of Nigeria and Chairmen of the Lagos and Ikeja branches of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).


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