The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba has tasked members of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja Branch to remain focused and salvage the legal profession’s image.
He said since misunderstanding is inevitable in every organisation, NBA inclusive, it is honourable for the association to be professional and mature in handling any internal misunderstanding whenever such occurs in order to save the prestigious profession.
Alogba spoke when he received the new executive of the Ikeja branch of NBA, during a courtesy visit to his office at the Ikeja High Court.
He said he enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Bar in the state.
Alogba denied the existence of any frosty relationship between the State Judiciary and members of the Bar, just as he expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The Chief Judge spoke when he received the new executive of the Ikeja branch of NBA, during a courtesy visit to his office at the Ikeja High Court.
He showered accolades on the members, stressing that he is proud to be associated with them.
Alogba expressed the belief that since both the Bar and the Bench are working together for a common goal which is the administration of justice in the state, it was expedient for them to ensure a conflict-free relationship in the interest of the masses.
He used the occasion to pledge further support for the Ikeja branch of the NBA.
Speaking on the enormous amount of records lost at the Igbosere High Court during the #EndSARS crisis and the effects of the crisis on the Judges, the Chief Judge informed members of the Bar of the several efforts by the Judiciary in securing temporary places for court usage.
He appealed to the bar association to plead with their clients whose cases are pending to exercise patience until the commencement or the completion of these temporary sites, adding that for now, criminal cases are given consideration over civil matters because of the current pandemic in the country.
The newly elected Chairman of the Bar Association, Mr Bartholomew Aguegbodo thanked the CJ for taking out time out of his busy schedule and within the short notice of their request to meet with the new executive.
He assured the Chief Judge of a better and smooth working relationship with the state judiciary just as he expressed the association’s condolences over the death of one of the retired judges in the state, Hon Justice Yetunde Idowu.
The Chairman pleaded with Justice Alogba to assist in ensuring that matters filed in court are urgently assigned, as delay in assigning matters makes litigant lose confidence in the justice system.
The NBA Chairman, who pleaded for reduction in cost of filing cases, also proposed a quarterly or monthly meeting of NBA branches with the Honourable Chief Judge.