Former Chairman Nigerian Bar Association Ekpoma branch Osehon Irehovbude Esq., MCArb., has said that the main objective of the Nigerian judicial system is the attainment of justice for all parties involved in a case and the society at large.
Speaking to TheNigerialawyer(TNL) on Tuesday, Osehon, said that the Bar and the Bench are indispensable partners in the achievement of this objective, with the judiciary at the top of a strong and vibrant bar and complimented by it.
According to him there must be mutual understanding and respect between the partners. Each partner has its own duties which if faithfully professionally, diligently and effectively performed will enable the system function optimally. Failure by one partner to perform its duty will naturally affect the other.
Thus the principal duty of both the Bench and the Bar is to work diligently, effectively, honestly and sincerely towards achieving justice in the polity.
Speaking further, Osehon said that It is a duty they both owe the society primarily and each other. If the cases coming out from our courts are based always on justice, irrespective of the interests involved, the Bar will feel obligated to show (and to promote in others) respect for the dignity of judicial office.
Noting that where the judiciary commands no respect, the bar will equally suffer.
“The relationship that exists between the Bar and the bench in my opinion should be symbiotic and religiously guided if justice must be enthroned in our society.
“Mutual respect for both ends remains sacrosanct, for there is a temple of justice and there ministers as practitioners in the temple, both the bar and the bench are ministers in the hallowed temple.
“The primary goal is the attainment of justice.
“It is for a vibrant and independent bar to provide the necessary support to sustain an independent, dependable and fearless bench.
“The relationship between both practitioners in the hallowed temple need not be characterized by tension, suspicion and rancour.
“It is surely in the interest of both the bar and the bench to work assiduously and with mutual respect for the protection of the dignity of the profession for the enhancement of due administration of justice in the polity,” he added.
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