From Osakhare Erese Asaba
Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa has urged judges to avoid granting frivolous injunctions and frequent adjournment of cases.
The Governor made the call on Wednesday during the swearing-in ceremony of Mrs Celestina Dafe-Idise, Egwu Joe Esq, Dr Anthony Ezonfade Okorodas, Blessing Oghale Ideh (Mrs), and Edun Ajueyitsi Joshua as Justices of the Delta State Judiciary.
According to the Governor, “one of the things you (Judges) must guard against is the frivolous use of injunctions and the frequent adjournments of cases, which not only leads to delay and congested courts but has also contributed to negative perception of the Judiciary in the court of public opinion.”
Okowa who submitted that such bottlenecks are inimical to the development of the judicial system said “Judges have an obligation to see to it that justice is not only served but, also seen to be served, so that the Judiciary does not lose the confidence of the public from which it ultimately derives its authority,”.
Governor Okowa emphasised that “as Judges, fairness, equity and justice must be your watchword at all times, you must maintain a high level of focus, discipline and personal probity.”
While congratulating the Judges for their appointments, the Governor asserted, “as you begin your journey as privileged members of the Bench, I expect you to continue in the same spirit of hard work, excellence and forthrightness that earned you this appointment.”