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Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad yesterday tasked judges of lower courts on the need for a fast and prompt justice delivery system.
The CJN, who spoke at the virtual opening of the 2020 All Nigeria Judges’ Conference for judges of lower courts, at the National Judicial Institute (NJI), Abuja, expressed concerns over what he called delay in Nigeria’s justice delivery system.
The conference is having the theme: “The Role of Lower Courts in Promoting Justice and Good Governance in Nigeria.” Justice Muhammad, however, called for a thorough and comprehensive reform of the country’s judicial system to ensure access to justice at affordable costs and within a reasonable time. According to him, “The delay in our justice delivery system has been a source of great concern to me, as it must be to you all.
“This unacceptable situation inevitably dictates the need for a thorough and comprehensive reform of our justice sector to ensure access to justice at affordable costs and within a reasonable time.” He added that given the constitutional role of the judiciary, it was important that citizens enjoyed easy access to courts. “This will help them ventilate their grievances and have their cases adjudicated upon,” he said.
In her own welcome address, the Administrator of the Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo (rtd), said that the biennial conference had always served as an avenue for stock-taking by judges of the lower courts all over the country.
She added that it had also provided a platform to strategise on the means of adopting global best practices to meet critical challenges in the dispensation of justice to all in the country.
The Administrator further noted that the lower courts remained an everpresent and enduring necessity to all Nigerians. “The judiciary, as the third arm of government, has a very important role to play in the enthronement of the rule of law, even to the people at the grassroots.
“It is the duty of the judiciary to administer justice, according to the law, to all and sundry, whether high or low, rich or poor; public and private institutions as well as individuals and government, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will,” she stated.