From Osakhare Erese Asaba
The Delta State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro on Thursday warned lawyers against their clients’ disobedience to court orders in the state.
Justice Umukoro who spoke to our reporter in Asaba said: “we will no longer tolerate a situation where lawyers’ clients’ disobey court orders, legal practitioners who are ministers in the temple of justice condescend low to subvert the administration of Justice because of pecuniary interest, it could be counterproductive”, stressing that such unconscionable practice portends great disservice to society who looked up to them as beacon of last hope of the oppressed, common man, rich or poor.
While calling on the leadership of the Nigeria Bar Association in the state to be transparent, accountable, run all inclusive administration, and endeavor to leave the “Barr” better than they met it at the end of two years, and enjoined them to avoid technicalities that slow down the wheel of justice, adding “lawyers should refrain from frivolous petitions against judges, even”.
He advised legal practitioners to apply wisdom in the practice rather than involving in litigation that will smear their credibility, adding “most worrisome is the recent development where lawyers’ clients’ disobey court orders, we will be very hard on any lawyer found with his or her client disobeying court orders, it is unacceptable, we will not take again”.
The chief judge, however, enjoined lawyers to work cordially with “Bench” for speedy dispensation of justice, adding that cordial working relationship would fast rack justice.