Ex-lagos judge seeks effective judiciary
THE retired administrative judge of the Lagos State Judiciary, Justice Doris Okuwobi, has expressed the need to reposition the judiciary for optimum growth and improved service delivery.
Justice Okuwobi spoke at the valedictory court session held in her honour at the High Court of Lagos State, Igbosere.
She said, “The Judiciary of the 21st Century must be such that boldly could hold its own, assert its independence, authority and integrity, and rise above the vagaries of limitations and challenges, to assume its rightful position in modern society and bearing in mind its critical role and function in ensuring good governance, law and order in society.
“Justice must not only be served, we must ensure at all time, that the judicial process is purged of all encumbrances, identify flaws and clogs on the wheels of justice; and in moving the judiciary forward, our reform strategies must be rightly focused and such that inspires hope, trust and confidence in our judicial system. For this to be achieved, the independence of the judiciary as boldly enunciated in the 1999 Constitution must be strictly adhered to. This is essential and critical as there are no two ways to it.
“Going forward, it is my view that our focus in the years and decades ahead would be to evolve effective and innovative strategies to further the growth of the state Judiciary for a more purpose-driven change and transformation in our judicial system. Among others, our efforts should be to ensure that the Lagos State Judiciary remain primus inter pares in the quality of justice delivery.”
In his remark, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, who noted that he was reluctant to let go of the retired judge, described her as a quintessential judicial officer.
He said, “I found it difficult to believe she is retiring because she has been of invaluable value to us. The array of judges of the high court and justices of the Court of Appeal present here today are a testimony of her invaluable estimation to Lagos judiciary.
“She is a very cerebral judge, very painstaking, very considerable, a good mother to all and a quintessential judicial officer.”