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Justice delayed is justice denied - Fashola

04 July 2014, 20:36

Lagos - Lawyers have been charged to restrict themselves to their areas of specialization when accepting cases in order to minimize delays in the dispensation of justice.

State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, frowned at the avoidable delays in justice administration as this could portend denial of justice.

In his keynote address at a Law Conference held at the City Hall in Lagos, Fashola said one of the major reasons why there are delays in court processes in the nation’s courts was the issue of non-trial lawyers accepting cases and going to court to handle such cases adding that this resulted in unnecessary adjournments.

“How many of us really are trial lawyers and how many of us admit that they are not trial lawyers and still go to court? Because it is not every medical practitioner that is a surgeon, so some of those clear distinctions must be made”, the Governor said under the theme, “Delay in Justice Administration – Beyond the Rules and the Law.”

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).

He urged judges to insist on trial lawyers narrowing down the issues in court.

 “If my car hit someone else’s car, it will be of no value in court to argue whether or not my car hit the other car, that is self evident already. The argument is the quantum of damage caused by the impact.”

Fashola also advised that in cases where it is possible, lawyers must restrain their clients from going to court adding that giving their clients honest advices on whether or not to go to court would, in addition to reducing unnecessary litigations.

– CAJ News

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