From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Acting Chief Judge of Kogi State, Hon. Justice Henry Olusiyi has assured that judiciary under his leadership would ensure speedy, efficient and effective administration of justice.
Speaking at a special court session to commence the 2020/2021 new legal year, Justice Olusiyi pointed out that that the state judiciary would introduce fast tracking mechanisms to ensure that cases are not delayed in court.
According to him, there would be decongestion of the state correctional centres and efforts would be geared towards the automation of court processes for quick, efficient and effective justice delivery.
He further posited that judicial activities were drastically slowed down, by the global Covid 19 pandemic, adding said the court had to dispose off a good number of cases filed during the period of the lock-down.
He disclosed that in the probate registry, 672 application for letters of administration were filed, out of which 523 have been granted.
He stressed that justice delayed may sometimes, be justice denied, while justice rushed may also result in justice crushed, pointing out that they would always strive to strike a balance between this two possibilities.
The chief judge emphasized that”Our courts will henceforth be cast in the mould of fast-track courts, focusing on dispensing quick justice, in all cases, especially in criminal cases. Not only should the beginning of a case be known, the end of it should also be known”.
“The right to speedy trial is the essence of justice. In the new legal year, we shall, by the grace of God, make our courts to accelerate the delivery of justice and reduce pendency of cases in court”, the legal luminary added.
Justice Olusiyi equally thanked the Governor of the state, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for his very supportive role to the judiciary, assuring that he is committed to providing an enabling environment for it to function optimally and effectively.
In his address, the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja described the judiciary as the last hope of the common man.
Bello who averred that tyranny can only thrive in a society where lawyers and judges are intimidated, maintained that the year 2020 has been the most unusual year which has pushed the state to different challenges.
The governor further assured that his government would continue to follow due process and won’t interfere in the affairs of other arms of government.