The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice John Adeyeye, on Friday said 3,794 cases were pending before high, magistrate and customary courts in the state as of the end of the 2020/2021 legal year in August.
Adeyeye said measures were being put in place to accommodate Information and Communication Technology in court processes for quick dispensation of justice, adding that “such would include e-filing, virtual court sitting and online record and processes.”
The CJ, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, during a thanksgiving service to mark the commencement of the 2021/2022 legal year, also said, “Efforts are now on top gear to create a data base of all cases and judgments where such can be assessed online through the data base on judiciary website.”
Adeyeye promised improved welfare of all staff members within available resources.
The state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, reiterated his commitment to the digitalisation of all courts in the state.
He also promised to provide adequate working tools for the judges.
Fayemi, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, sought continuous and harmonious relationship among judiciary and other arms of government.
In his sermon, the Anglican Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Christopher Omotunde, charged judges and others in the administration of justice “to seek God’s face for wisdom.”
Omotunde also urged policemen to be professional in carrying out their duties and turn a new leaf in the new legal year, adding, “The position we occupy today is transient.”