23rd September, 2011
The Lagos State Judiciary is set to re-position the administration of justice system in the state while ensuring speedy hearings on cases.
This was disclosed today by the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Inumidun Akande during a Stakeholdersâ€™ Summit.
The summit is part of activities lined up to mark the commencement of the 2011/2012 Legal Year held at the Lagos City Hall.
Â Speaking on the theme: â€œRepositioning the Justice System, the Bar and the Benchâ€, the Chief Judge said that the year under review had recorded a huge success in repositioning the justice system.
She added that the review of the High Court of Lagos State Civil Procedure rules 2004 which presentation was done recently was part of theÂ measures put in place to achieve these tremendous improvements.
Justice Akande, while restating the need for quick and timely hearings, said long-term cases had often slowed down the pace of work in the judiciary, stressing that â€œjustice delayed is justice deniedâ€.
She highlighted other areas of improvements to include: the review of filing of court processes, good conduct of lawyers within the court premises, independence of the judiciary, eradication of corruption among the staff of the state judiciary among several others.
Speaking earlier in a presentation, Prof. Osagie a Legal luminary and Hon. Hairat Ade-Balogun, OON, Life Bencher also called for a drastic change in justice dispensation and further implored the Chief Judge not to relent in the struggle.
Also at the event were the Chairmen Nigerian Bar Association of Lagos, Ikeja and Badagry Divisions, representatives of the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, judges, magistrates and members of the legal profession.