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Lagos CJ bows out of office today



Lagos CJ bows out of office today


The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke will today retire from public service having attained the statutory retirement age of 65 years

Justice Oke joined the Lagos State Judiciary as a Senior Magistrate and became Chief Magistrate Grade (1) from 1986 to 1996 and Deputy Chief Registrar from 1993 to 1994.

She was thereafter appointed as the 16th Chief Justice of the State by former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in September, 2017.

However, as part of her final contribution to the legal profession, Justice Oke has presented a handbook for the court registrars to ensure effective service delivery in the state.

The Lagos CJ, who presented the handbook at a pull-out ceremony, noted that the handbook would guide the court registrars in their duties.

According to Justice Oke, the appointment of legal practitioners as registrars was to improve service in the judiciary system.

She said: “The handbook developed by the Justice Josephine Oyefeso-led committee is to guide the court registrars appointed from among legal practitioners in their daily duties and ensure that they give effective service to litigants and the people of Lagos State.

“The court registrars would work as head of the judges’ chamber and function effectively to improve operations of the court and plans are on to appoint more legal practitioners as court registrars at the magistrate courts”.

The pull-out ceremony, which was held for Justice Oke as part of the activities to mark her retirement had high court judges, magistrates and other stakeholders in attendance.

While at the helm, the CJ introduced a number of reforms such as the Small Claims Court, Restorative Justice System, Sentencing Guideline for Judges and Magistrates, as well as Civil Procedure Rules and Practice Direction.

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