Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade has warned that there would be no automatic promotion or elevation for members of the state judiciary.
Justice Olopade while addressing magistrates and other judicial workers during a refresher training organised by the National Judicial Institute, NJI, yesterday, said promotion and elevation would henceforth be based on good performance at competitive promotion examinations and intensive interviews.
The Chief Judge, while imploring participants to take the in-service training serious, said the intention of the workshop was to improve the standard and quality of judiciary and judicial staff in the state.
According to her, the four-day refresher course and workshop was not only to broaden the horizon of the judicial workers but also arranged and packaged to enhance their performance on the jobs.
She maintained that learning is a must for all workers – judges, magistrates and all – in Ogun State judiciary, adding that continuous education was one of the matters on the agenda of the present administration in the state.
She said, “It is important for all participants to know that this refresher course and workshop is not only to broaden your horizon, it is arranged and packaged to also enhance your performance on your jobs.
“It is now settled in Ogun State judiciary that learning is a must for all workers – judges, magistrates and all. Continuing education is one of the matters on the agenda of this administration.
“The result of this will be put to test from time to time in our promotion exercises. There will be no automatic promotion or advancement, and only good performance at competitive promotion examinations and intensive interviews will get you elevated or promoted.”
32 magistrates, 25 judicial assistants, 17 secretaries, 20 court registrars, 20 process clerks and 18 bailiffs registered for the programme being held at the High Court premises, Abeokuta.
Speaking on the significance of the programme to the judiciary in Ogun State, both the directors of Research and Studies of the Institute, Maryam Titi Kawu and Dr Ajah Cyprian respectively explained that the participants would be taken through criminal proceedings in magistrate courts and recording of evidence using information technology.
Kawu said, “We are here and we will be teaching them evidence recording in magistrates courts. We also have an IT component; we are going to be showing them the practical ways of doing IT.
“There is a judicial policy on IT; it is going through the process of implementation. When it is being implemented, some of these manual recordings would be addressed and it would be better than what we have now.”
On his part, Ajah said, “It is capacity building, we try to build the capacity of the Judiciary both the judicial officers and staff and we made this initiative by going to the states because we know most state Judiciary are financially incapacitated to participate in most of the training programmes of the Institute and taking it to their doorsteps would make a lot of benefit to both the judges and their staff.
“The staff would do their jobs more competently and more efficiently and again the whole essence is to reform, to change the paradigm shift so that people can get justice as at when due because justice delayed is justice denied. The magistrates will now be more capable of doing their cases and giving judgement in good time.”

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