FCT ju­di­ciary disposes 45, 461 cases in 2015

Daily Trust - - LAW - By John Chuks Azu

The Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory Ju­di­ciary has dis­posed of 45, 461 out of the 51, 276 cases filed in the court in the 2014/2015 le­gal year.

The Chief Judge of the court, Jus­tice Ishaq Bello re­vealed this yes­ter­day dur­ing the be­gin­ning of the New Le­gal Year 2015/2016 in Abuja.

A fur­ther breakdown of the per­for­mance of the ju­di­ciary in the na­tion’s cap­i­tal city shows that while the High Court suc­cess­fully con­cluded 14, 969 cases out of a to­tal of 19, 866 cases filed within the pe­riod with only 4, 897 cases still pend­ing, the Mag­is­trate Court, which re­ceived a to­tal of 22, 195 cases suc­cess­fully con­cluded 5, 756 cases be­fore it.

Also, the Abuja Multi-Door Court­house (AMDC), which pro­motes al­ter­na­tive dis­pute res­o­lu­tion in Abuja, re­ceived 107 cases out of which it suc­cess­fully con­cluded 54 with 53 pend­ing.

The judge fur­ther ex­plained that while the Area Courts dis­posed of 3, 931 cases out of the 9071 cases it re­ceived dur­ing the pe­riod with 5, 140 cases still pend­ing, the Sharia Court of Ap­peal re­ceived 37 cases out of which it con­cluded 26 leav­ing 11 pend­ing.

Jus­tice Bello com­mended the fed­eral gov­ern­ment for its sup­port in the com­ple­tion of ad­di­tional court di­vi­sions in Bwari and Gwag­wal­ada ar­eas of the FCT while the court in Nyanya is ex­pected to be ready.

He also ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to in­ter­na­tional agen­cies for the as­sis­tance in the train­ing of judges and staff of the court.

In his re­marks, the chair­man of the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA), Agada Elachi ad­vo­cated for greater wel­fare and pro­tec­tion for judges, while call­ing for the re­vival of Bar-Bench Fo­rum to bridge the gap in com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween lawyers and judges.

“There is the ur­gent need to pay at­ten­tion to the wel­fare of our ju­di­cial of­fi­cers. Apart from im­prove­ment in re­mu­ner­a­tion, al­lowances and re­lated ben­e­fits, an area where ur­gent ac­tion must be taken is as it re­lates to the ac­com­mo­da­tion needs of the ju­di­cial of­fi­cers. The cur­rent sit­u­a­tion where there is no se­cu­rity of ac­com­mo­da­tion needs to be re­viewed,” he said.

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