Retired Supreme Court Justice advocates Judicial reform
A retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Sunday Akintan, has called for a reform of the country’s judicial system.
Akintan, on Wednesday, at the unveiling of his book, titled, ‘Reminiscences: My Journey Through Life,’ said it was unfortunate that cases linger for years in Nigerian courts without being resolved.
He said, “When I was a trial judge, we used to have four assize sessions in a year where all the cases we had then will be listed in court and cleared. I was a high court judge for about 14 years before being posted to the court of appeal and later to the Supreme Court.
“When I retired and became a member of the National Judicial Council for five years, there I learned that many of the Chief Judges didn’t know what assize session was. That is why we have a congestion of cases in our courts today.
“I have even suggested in a paper that the modern thing is that in big prisons like Kirikiri Maximum Security Correctional Centre, courts can be built there, magistrates and judges will be sitting there daily. With that, there will be no congestion in our prisons.”
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