Lagos state to continue judicial reforms

Lagos State Government says judicial reforms will be a continuous process to enhance the working conditions of judges and magistrates.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode gave the assurance while playing host to the outgoing Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

Governor Ambode was visibly happy with the achievements and cordial relationship that had so far existed between the arms of government, as he maintained that the welfare of serving and retired judges would always be a priority.

We have had a fantastic relationship with the judiciary and with your good self (the Chief Judge), one of the things I tried to set out was to emphasize security and judicial sector reform, which you have been a good partner in progress.

We have achieved so much in the area of security reforms and you can also attest to the fact that there has been peaceful coexistence among residents.We have increased the number of Judges and Magistrates in your tenure which has not happened in a long time. Even as you retire, we have received a request to increase the number of judges; we will make life comfortable for our judges, both serving and retired, he added.

On her part, the Chief Judge made a case for an increase in the running cost for the State Judiciary, as she commended the efforts of government for creating an enabling environment for members of the Lagos bench.

Justice Atilade, whose tenure expires on Friday, with three years experience as the head of Lagos Judiciary, said she had a wonderful experience.

I hope as I leave, the cordial relationship between the Executive and the Judiciary will continue. I hope I have left a good legacy and I pray that history will judge me as having done well. I could not have done well, if not for His Excellency’s support, she reiterated.

The retiring Chief Judge had served as a Magistrate for 16 years, 21 years as a High Court Judge and three years as Chief Judge. Her retirement is premised on her attainment of 65 years retirement age limit.

Her elder sister, Justice Ayotunde Philips, was also the former Chief Judge of the State.

Source: Voice of Nigeria