Federal courts challenges are surmountable – CJN Ariwoola


The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola has clarified that challenges confronting the Federal High Court are surmountable.

Ariwoola made the clarification on Tuesday in Abuja shortly before he declared open the Federal High Court Judges’ Conference in Abuja.

Declaring the conference open, he said that, “the judges’ conference is for brother judges. In a close door session to rub minds, tooth and tail, discuss closely how to move forward on how to tackle the challenges facing the court.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chief Judge of Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho recalled his Monday address where he highlighted the core challenges of the court including funds and heavy workload.

He said that preparation has reached an advanced stage in the appointment of 15 additional judges to the bench of the court. This process will be quickly followed by a further appointment of nine judges subject to the approval of the National Judicial Council, he said.

Justice Tsoho commended his brother judges serving in Special Task Force set up to handle pre-election matters and urged them to adhere to the Practice Directions to avert looming chaos.

“We must therefore ensure that we conclude all the pre-election cases and avert a situation where any of the cases will be caught up by time,” he said, urging judges to be extremely careful in the handling of elections cases because “these are slippery times, as many politicians are prone to be desperate.”

Speaking further he said, “we must ensure that we do not get emotional or get dragged into their tussle,” adding that everything possible should be done to disappoint agents of disharmony and doom.

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