Oyo Customary Court of Appeal to Take off soon, CJ

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Oyo Customary Court

 The Customary Court of Appeal in Oyo state will take off soon, Chief Judge of Oyo state, Justice Munta Abimbola has disclosed.

Abimbola who disclosed this when Governor Abiola Ajimobi visited state High Court, Ibadan, on Ibadan, attributed the delayed take off of the court to the ongoing renovation of the proposed court buildings, need for more vehicles and housing for the judges, among other welfare packages.

In getting ready for the customary court take off and invitation of the Nigeria Judicial Council team, Abimbola said Grade A Customary Court Presidents and new magistrates had been commissioned.

He further disclosed that plans had been activated to put up a multi door court structure to enhance Alternative Dispute Resolution practice in the state.

To also enhance speedy dispensation of justice and decongest prisons, Abimbola urged Governor Ajimobi to gazette the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

He noted that the law would promote protection of rights, reduce prison congestion, through community service punishment and creation of community service centres in all zones of the state.

In his remarks, Ajimobi, in company of Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Seun Abimbola, reiterated commitment to assenting to laws that would speed up decongestion of courts, prisons and reduce the high number of awaiting trial cases before courts.

He consequently directed the Attorney General to ensure the passage of a law to establish the Oyo State Multi Door Court House as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for easier access to justice and decongestion of dockets (cases for trial).

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Ajimobi also stated that he had assented to the Community Service Law and Administration of Criminal Justice Law to allow for community service punishment alternative and the speedy administration of justice.

He also assured of approval of request for more vehicles, housing, through continued increase in budgetary support for the judiciary.

“I have also directed the AG to ensure the passage of a law to establish the Oyo State Multi Door Court House as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for easier access to justice and decongestion of dockets (cases for trial).

“Similarly I have assented to the Community Service Law to ensure alternative sentencing regime is available in Oyo state for offenders in minor cases. This is part of our ongoing efforts to decongest the prisons. ”

Expressing concern over the incidence of prison congestion across the country, where, he said, a majority of inmates were awaiting trial suspects, the governor restated the need for executive-judiciary synergy to stem the tide.

Ajimobi said, “I have observed the continuing congestion of our courts with lawsuits in spite of various efforts at decongesting same. For this reason, I have directed the AG to work with the CJ to design a structure that will ensure that the issue is finally laid to rest.

“I have also directed the AG to ensure the passage of a law to establish the Oyo State Multi Door Court House as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for easier access to justice and decongestion of dockets (cases for trial).

“Similarly I have assented to the Community Service Law to ensure alternative sentencing regime is available in Oyo state for offenders in minor cases. This is part of our ongoing efforts to decongest the prisons. ”

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Notwithstanding the principle of separation of powers, the governor called on the judiciary to sustain its support for and cooperation with the executive arm of government for quick administration of justice.

He pledged his continued support for the judiciary, which, he said, remained the last and only hope of the common man.

 

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