NASARAWA state chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has called for the appointment of more High Court Judges into the state judiciary to enhance speedy dispensation of justice in the state.
Chairman of the association in Lafia branch, Bar. Gabriel Akaaka who called at the weekend in Lafia while speaking in an interview with newsmen, regretted that the state judiciary was over stretched as a result of grossly inadequate judges to handle cases arising from justice seekers.
“The current situation with state judiciary is such that a judge alone is made to handle over 300 cases. This is really hampering the speedy dispensation of justice in the state”.
Akaaka revealed that Nasarawa state was the least in the number of High Court Judges with only 11 at the moment, calling on the state government to expedite action on the replacement of the Judges who either died or retired from active service in addition to appointing 5 more required to make the state judiciary more effective.
He also called for the improvement of facilities in the court rooms, provision of accommodation for High Court Judges and vehicles to enhance speedy dispensation of justice in the state.
The NBA boss, who acknowledged that the current administration of Umaru Tanko Al-Makura in the state has been judiciary friendly with the appointment of the highest number of judges, however stressed the need for more judges to meet up with both criminal and civil matters pending in courts.
“The National Judicial Council has allotted 3 slots of Judges to be appointed in the state and we are advocating for more to be appointed by the state government,” he maintained.

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