Ambode urges stakeholders to tackle delay in justice delivery.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday, implored stakeholders in the judiciary sector to take concerted steps to tackle the delay in justice delivery.
During a special service at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina, to mark the official commencement of the 2018/2019 Legal Year of Lagos judiciary, Ambode said that the issue of delay in justice delivery was still a major concern, and that it was time for all hands to be on deck to enhance confidence in the legal system.
Lagos, being the economic hub of Africa, must be at the vanguard of judicial reforms, he said, adding that the state’s justice sector must be fair and effective.
“As our state remains the cynosure of excellence and the economic hub of Africa, our judiciary must continue to be at the forefront of reforms to meet the expectations of the modern justice sector. My lords, we bear the responsibility of 24 million people who look up to you and me to protect them with the law. Our justice system must remain sound, fair and effective.
“The plague of delay in justice delivery is still a major concern. All stakeholders in the sector must ensure that the issue of delay is tackled vigorously by creating innovative models for achieving speedy and efficient justice delivery system, which can be replicated more broadly across the country.
“The fact is; the expectation of the citizens is huge and it requires all stakeholders to work continuously to enhance confidence in the legal system, promote the rule of law, and guarantee the protection of lives and property,” Ambode said.
He said that since the commencement of his administration, conscious efforts had been made and initiatives put in place to enhance justice delivery, as well as respect the constitutional roles of the three arms of government.
“Our administration recognises the separate but interwoven roles of the three arms, and part of our own commitment to a lawful and orderly society is to respect the limits of those constitutional roles, which we have always done.
“One of the cardinal policies of our government has been the enthronement of law and order, and today, I stand a happy man knowing that we have delivered on those promises,” he added.
Speaking on some of the initiatives of his administration in the justice sector, the governor said due to the increased workload and number of cases in the courts, more judges and magistrates were appointed, and more courthouses constructed while existing courts were renovated to befit the judiciary, together with improved welfare for judicial officers in the state.
He added: “The introduction of the Lagos State DNA and Forensic Centre further enhanced the quality of justice delivery in the state, and we have also developed policies and legislations that will aid speedy dispensation of justice.”