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CJ advocates separate budget for judiciary

The Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Funmilayo Atilade, has urged the state government to give the judiciary a separate budget as this would ensure that the judiciary gets its deserved autonomy as a separate arm of government.

Atilade was quoted as saying this when the new Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, paid her a visit, according to a statement by the ministry’s Deputy Director of Public Relations, Bola Akingbade.

Apart from fiscal autonomy, Atilade said the judiciary needed “effective transport of accused persons to court improved physical state of the courts with attention on rehabilitation and completion of some projects; the appointment of facility managers for courts; social workers for family courts, and other issues relating to the appointment of court administrators.

Other issues discussed at the meeting were: the prosecution of criminal matters, prompt assignment and hearing of criminal cases, the provision of court interpreters and the use of information technology in enhancing access to justice delivery.

Earlier, the commissioner had pledged the continuous cooperation and support of the executive for the Judiciary in a bid to promote efficient and speedy administration of Justice and the rule of law.

Recognising the vital role of the judiciary both as an arm of the government and in dispensation of Justice, Kazeem advocated the need to bridge the gap between both arms of government, just as he promised to address some of the challenges encountered by the judiciary in the effective administration of justice.

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