2016 Judiciary: Citizens’ expectations


Lawyers have expressed optimism that this legal year will impact positively on the citizenry even though there are expectations of legal challenges and troubles as the democracy grows older while listting grey areas to be tackled.
An international lawyer Barr Oritsematosan Edodo Emore projects that  jurisprudence will continue to evolve as long as the controversies in the country ends in court adding that controversies are welcome development.

“I am totally happy about all the cases that happened in court 2015; I welcome them and I even pray for more in 2016 so that our laws will continue to grow and our people will become used to the democratic process, to know that at any point of dispute or anything that one doesn’t like in the course of their business, the courts are there. It is better to challenge the process in court than taking the laws in their hands. What we should pray for is that 2016 should come with more controversies than what we saw in 2015″ she stated.

Barr Emore advised that for a better 2016 judicial year, more judges should be appointed as the judges right now are over worked and the courts need to be mechanised so that judges don’t have to write everything that is being said. She said even though some courts are mechanised now but it is still not like that all over the country.

She tasked government that, all over the country, the courts should be mechanised so that the judge can listen, make some short notes and not writing everything in long hand. Also that Judges should have researchers assisting them, they (judges) should be made comfortable and their work also should be made easier by providing them with researchers and appointment of more judges to see that justice is quickly dispensed.

A human right activist Barr Adams Attah expressed optimism holding that he is objective and positive that the 2016 legal year will yield a positive result for the country saying that the Judiciary has over the years been exposed to one or two unhealthy issues but in any event, there is a new government in an era of change and there are reasons to believe that it has interest of the system.

He pointed out the issue of judiciary independence that needs to be corrected as the affairs of the system needs to be run without interference of neither legislative or executive organ as provided in sections 4,5 and 6 of 1999 constitution as amended to allow independence and checks and balances even though they are to work together in furtherance of good governance.

Attah also pointed out that the system is clogged with cases necessitating adjournments, a loophole and lacuna in the judiciary as against best practices where matters are disposed of very timely pointing out the case of James Ibori who was convicted in a short time outside the country in a similar attempt that failed in our country.

He again raised the issue of enforcement saying we have enough laws and it is not for us to keep making laws without the procedure to enforce such laws put in place; and frowned at the issue of unnecessary appeals by lawyers for stay of execution, all geared to water down the efforts of the system.

The activist advised that  it must start from change of government’s mindset as it relates to infringement on people’s constitutional rights and using political will to the detriment of the judiciary.

For a better future, lawyers on their part should always advise their clients accordingly where a matter has no merit and avoid filing frivolous applications.


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