23rd October, 2021
Ekiti State Government has reiterated its commitment towards digitalizing all courts in Ekiti State, provision of adequate working tools for judges among others.
Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Bisi Egbeyemi, made this known on Friday in Ado Ekiti, during the legal year for the year 2021/2022.
Egbeyemi said he will seek continuous and harmonious relationships among the judiciary and other arms of government.
Declaring the new legal year open, Ekiti State Chief Judge, Justice John Adeyeye, said, following the enactment of Ekiti State Judiciary Fund Management Law, 2021, Ekiti State Judiciary is on track to henceforth enjoy a measure of financial autonomy.
Adeyeye said a total of 3,794 cases are pending across High, Magistrate and Customary courts in Ekiti State at the end of the Legal year in August, 2021.
Justice Adeyeye said measures are already being put in place to accommodate Information and Communication Technology in court processes, including e-filing, Virtual court sitting, online record processes, indicating that efforts are on to create a database of all cases and judgments where such can be accessed online through the database on judiciary website.
He promised to improve the welfare of all staff within available resources and solicited for symbiotic relationships among members of the bar and bench to achieve the goal of effective justice delivery.
Earlier in his sermon at a special church thanksgiving at Emmanuel Anglican Cathedral in Ado Ekiti, Bishop Christopher Omotunde charged the Judges and others in the administration of justice to seek God’s face for wisdom in judging between humanity.
The Bishop urged the police to be professional in carrying out their duties and turn a new leaf in this new legal year, adding that “the position we occupied today is transient.”
Dignitaries at the special court sitting include the former Attorney Generals and Commissioners for Justice in Ekiti State, Dayo Akinlaja SAN, Obafemi Adewale SAN, members of the Nigerian Bar Association within and outside Ekiti State, traditional rulers, among others.