Barristers & Solicitors
‘Update Your Knowledge of Native Laws’

Lagos Chief Judge CJ Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade has urged newly appointed  presidents of Customary Court and magistrates to acquaint themselves with the customs of the people to bring  justice administration closer to the people.

The CJ gave the advice while swearing in 38 new judges into the state’s judiciary.

The judicial oath was administered on them by the new Chief Registrar of the High Court, Mrs Abiola Soladoye.

Justice Atilade advised them to read and get themselves acquainted  with the Customary Court Laws of Lagos State 2011 in order not act illegally.

She warned them to live above board and up to the status of their new office, “your worship”.

Justice Atilade warned the new  judges against using their new powers to oppress their community.

She reminded them that they were carefully selected because of their track records, integrity, ability and qualifications.

“ Your being here is a priviledge  granted by the Governor of Lagos State. So, I hope you will carry out your duties with integrity and honesty.

“Do not take bribe. If you take bribe, you will be shown the way out by the Judiciary Commission on completion of their investigation,” she said.

The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Judiciary Service Commission, Mrs Ayodele Odugbesan who also admonished the new appointees to fair in their judgement, explained that the appointment of the judges was done in conformity with Section 2 of the Customary  Court Laws of Lagos State 2011.

Mrs Odugbesan said the judicial oath administered on them by the Lagos CJ was also in fulfillment of Section 13 of the Customary Court Laws of Lagos State 2011.

Responding on behalf of her colleagues, one of the magistrates, Mrs Desola Folami, promised that they would serve the state judiciary without blemish.

While thanking Governor Akinbode for the opportunity given them to serve the state, she said they would not engage in any activity that would destroy the confidence reposed in them.

 Adebisi Onanuga and Chinyere Eke
The Nation News

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