By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
No fewer than twenty-three thousand nine hundred judgments were delivered by Lagos State Judiciary within the last one year, the State Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke has said.
According to State Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, the High Courts delivered three thousand nine hundred and eighty-four rulings and two thousand eight hundred and seventy-six judgments.
Oke, said the Magistrates’ Courts delivered sixteen thousand eight hundred and sixty-two judgments while the Small Claims Courts delivered one hundred and seventy-eight judgments.
She noted that two new divisions of the High Court, the Economic/Financial Crimes Division and the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Division, were created during the period under review.
The Chief Judge said Senior Citizens’ Help Centres, Legal Access for Elders, at Ikeja and Lagos Judicial Divisions of the Judiciary had been created but yet to be inaugurated.
The state chief judge made the revelation at the 2018/2019 Legal Year service held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, Lagos, on Monday.
The chief judge said:”I embarked on a series of prison decongestion visits to Badagry Prisons on Nov. 9, 2017, Kirikiri Prisons on Feb. 20, Ikoyi Prison on Feb. 21.
“Sentencing Guidelines Practice Directions were signed on March 27 and there is ongoing digitalization of the Private Registries in the Lagos State Judiciary.
“There has been the facilitation of the amendment of the High Court of Lagos Law which increased the number of judges for Lagos to 120.
“Also the Backlog Elimination Programme (BEP) aimed at getting rid of old cases speedily and through mediation has been created.”
The Chief judge noted that Senior Citizens Help Centres (Legal Access for Elders) at Ikeja and Lagos Judicial Divisions of the judiciary had been created but yet to be inaugurated.
“The services will be provided for citizens aged 60-years and above,” Oke said.