To end the lingering landlord-tenant cases in court, the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, on Tuesday inaugurated the Senior Citizens’ Help Centre.
According to the CJ, the centre was set up to cater to elderly residents who had court cases that had spanned three to five years without any result.
Oke, who reiterated the state government’s decision to make the state a smart city, noted that the judiciary was working towards achieving the goal.
She said, “We have to consider elderly people in the society and the major reason that brought about the idea of the centre was the series of landlord-tenant cases that have stayed long in the court.
“We want to bring an end to the cases of landlords and tenants lasting three to five years in court. Most of these landlords are retirees who depend so much on the rent they earn from letting their premises out and if a tenant does not pay, that’s hardship for the property owner.
“The senior citizens could walk into the centre and fill the particulars of their case, like the year it was filed, the suit number, name of magistrate or judge and name of counsel appearing in the matter and the case file would be reassigned to another diligent judge or magistrate.”
The Chief Judge added that the centre would help the judiciary in blocking the loopholes that lawyers exploited to stall trials.