The Chief Judge of Gombe State, Justice Hakila Heman, on Tuesday swore in 26 new judges for the State. According to the News Agency of Nigeria, those sworn in were 9 High Court Judges and 19 Area Court Judges.
In his speech after the ceremony, Justice Heman advised judges in the state to update themselves with the ever changing nature of legal procedural rules in order to be effective.
“Judges should be conversant with the provisions of the Constitution of Nigeria, Evidence Act, Area Court Law, Civil Procedure rules, Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code.
“You must also abreast yourselves with the ever changing procedural rules of the courts so as to be effective in the discharge of your duties.”
“Those that are to administer Islamic Law must take extra step to be knowledgeable in the Holy Quran, Hadith Buhari and Muslim among other Islamic books to enable them apply the relevant law books.”
“You are expected to record your proceedings yourselves, you should also have full control of your courts.”
“It is your responsibility to guide and direct your staff, particularly the registrar, in the day-to- day running of the courts.”
Heman also charged them to administer justice to all manner of people without fear or favour, adding that they must shun corruption in and outside of the court.
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