Don’t Politicise Judges’ Appointment – NBA Chairman Warns Oni

Ekiti State Governor Mr. Segun Oni has been warned against politicizing appointment of judges in the state.

The warning was given by the chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Ado-Ekiti chapter in an address at a special court session to mark the commencement of the legal year in the state.

He also warned lawyers against unnecessary attack on judges in the media, especially when they were not satisfied with court verdicts.

The special session was presided over by the state’s Acting Chief Judge, Justice Silas Oyewole, while the Sectary to the State Government, (SSG) Chief Dare Bejide, represented the Governor.

The state has reduced the number of its judges from 14 to 8, a situation, which made lawyers and magistrate to lobby to be appointed to the bench.

Omotoso, advised the members of the bar and bench to desist from unethical behaviour in the discharge of their duties.

He added that seniority should be considered in the appointment of judges and that no green-horn should be appointed on account of connection.

The NBA Chairman also urged the state government to consider experienced and competent home-based lawyers for appointment as judges.

He expressed displeasure at the present composition of the state’s judicial service commission, with just one lawyer.

Omotosho also called for the establishment of a Customary Court of Appeal in the state to facilitate effective and quick dispensation of justice. He suggested the publication of the state law books, instead of depending on those produced in the old Ondo State.

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