Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade. Photo Credit: file copy

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade, has called for appointment of more judges in order to enhance or speed up justice delivery in the state.

Atilade made this call on Tuesday during a Bar/bench forum held at the foyer of the Igbosere division of the Lagos State High Court.

The Bar/bench forum, an interactive session between lawyers and judges, was part of the activities put together by the Lagos judiciary to usher in the 2016/2017 legal year.

Atilade, who described Lagos residents as litigious people, said there was a need to appoint more judges in order to reduce the workload of the existing judges.

The CJ said, “I want to take this opportunity to renew the call for appointment of more judges in Lagos state due to the litigious nature of citizens of Lagos State and in view of the high number of cases filed and heard in the state, leading to the congestion of our courts.”

For effective justice administration, the CJ also called for better synergy between lawyers and judges.

She urged lawyers to always prepare meticulously for their cases so as to ensure that the wheel of justice did not grind to a halt.Atilade said, “Effective administration of justice requires a strong, virile Bar and a virile bench. It is a symbiotic relationship and if nurtured, developed and protected, will lead to the strengthening of our justice system with the ultimate goal of quick and effective dispensation of justice.

“It is important to recognise that we need each other and the more we develop a good harmonious working relationship, the more effective we will be at delivering justice to our clients and the general public at large.”

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