Former grand khadi, Kwara Sharia Court of Appeal, Justice Idris Abdullahi Haroun (rtd) has clamoured for full financial independence of the judiciary in order to function more efficiently.
Justice Haroun spoke on a radio programme tagged ‘Playing Host’ and monitored by our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
The jurist lamented that there was undue financial strangulation of the judiciary which he said had always lead to frequent industrial actions by judicial workers.
He therefore suggested that funds meant for the judiciary which is the third tier of government should go directly to that sector since it is a national problem, and expressed hope that the present administration would address the issue without further delay.
He further disclosed that the administration of justice required that judges who are at area courts and adjudicate solely on Islamic law should be responsible to and administered by Sharia Court of Appeal, not only administratively but intellectually.
The jurist explained further that a judge cannot administer on what he has no deep or little knowledge about, stressing that when one highlights corrective points on a judgement, some of the judges at the lower courts may not have access to such guidelines but in a situation where such matter was brought before an appeal court, such matter would be well adjudicated upon by more learned or competent judges.
He finally stated that any aspect of adjudication in any area court that has to do with Islamic law should be supervised by an appellate court, which is the Sharia Court of Appeal, in line with the provision of the constitution.

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