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Judiciary tasked on justice delivery



GOVERNOR Willie Obiano has tasked the judiciary to put measures in place to quicken the delivery of justice in the country.
Governor Obiano disclosed this during a Eucharistic Mass held at St Patrick’s Catholic Cathedral, Awka, to mark the commencement of the 2018, 2019 Legal Year in Anambra State.
He identified the reluctance of witnesses to testify as the bane of the criminal justice system, saying that the measures which his government is working out in partnership with the judiciary, will not only speed up processes in the system, but also ensure that those held in prisons for no just cause are granted freedom.
Thanking the state judiciary for their immense support that has enabled his government to succeed, Governor Obiano noted that he has resolved all pending issues bordering on their welfare such as cars for judges, payment of workers’ leave and training allowances, as well as emoluments of retired judges, among others.
He also commended the state House of Assembly and the judiciary for expressly consenting to the establishment of revenue courts across the state.
Wishing the state judiciary a successful legal year, Governor Obiano assured them that as an integral arm of the state government, he is committed to supporting them to be at their best in the discharge of their duty.
Earlier in a homily, the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor, lamented what he described as the violations of the Federal Character Principles in appointments and charged legal practitioners to challenge its application to ensure obedience to the law.
Most Reverend Ezeokafor stressed the need for legal practitioners to utilise their works in propagating the truth by allowing the light of God to guide their actions.
He also advised the judiciary to always avail inmates awaiting trials quality legal services to enhance the treatment of their cases.
The Chief Judge of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi, pledged the readiness of the judiciary to ensure efficient administration of justice in the area.

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