In its determination to bring justice closer to people of the State and facilitate quick dispensation of justice in line with the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2017 of Delta State, the State Government under the aegis of the State Judiciary has inaugurated another Magistrate court at Ebrumede in the Effurun Judicial Division.
While commissioning the Court, the State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro commended the efforts of the Nigerian Bar Association Effurun branch, Ebrumede community and other stakeholders for bringing the project into reality.
“The establishment of a court in any community is indicative of government stance that our society must run on the rule of Law, that is, no man shall be condemned unheard, that we are equal before the Law and the dispensation of justice shall be devoid of fear, favour, affection or ill, whether you are poor or rich.”
While charging the people to refrain from self-help as it is counter productive, he also enjoined those whose right has been breached or threatened to approach the court, as Judges and Magistrates in the State are bound by the Judicial Oath to do law and equity, without fear or favour.
Justice Umukoro assured members of Ebrumede community, especially the family that donated the land, that they will be given priority when employing junior staff for the court, while he cautioned pioneer staff to resist sharp practices in all forms.
Speaking further, he said that the Judiciary is in dire need of judicial officers despite the fact that five judges were recently appointed.
He also said that the National Judicial Council will be determining quota for new Judges for the State. He therefore, encouraged young lawyers to aspire to the Bench, but emphasized that such ones must strive to be found worthy in character and learning.
Justice, Umukoro appealed to the members of the Bar to assist Judges in achieving their sacred assignment, urging them to allow cases proceed as inexorable applications for transfers of cases slows down the wheels of justice and this is giving the Bench a cause for concern.
The Attorney General of state and Commissioner for Justice, Peter Mrakpor represented by Chief State Counsel, Peter Daubrey said that the opening of the court is a landmark achievement in the administration of criminal justice in the State.
“This is to bring justice closer to the people and it is in line with Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s 5-point agenda of meaningful peace building platforms aimed at political and social harmony,” he said.
He commended the State Judiciary for keying into the agenda, and urged Ebrumede community to protect the infrastructure and facilities
Speaking on behalf the Nigerian Bar Association, former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Victor Otomiewo stated that the Bar is trying to sensitize members to discourage them from writing frivolous petitions against Judge. He appealed to the Chief Judge to consider Uvwie Local Government Area in the appointment of Magistrates, considering the number of lands and facilities donated to the Judiciary.
At the Palace of Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, Justice Umukoro commended the people of Ebrumede community for their efforts that culminated into the establishment of the court, stressing that by virtue of establishing Magistrate court in Effurun Judicial Division, Effurun now stands out with Asaba Judicial Division in number of High courts and Magistrate courts in the State. He stated that the establishment of Courts was a sign of civilization.
HRM Dr. Emmanuel Sideso (OON ) Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, thanked the Chief Judge for establishing the court, adding that it will attract employment to indigenes of the area.