Delta State Judiciary is set to tackle the perennial challenges of Prison congestion in the State as the State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro inaugurates a committee to work out modalities on reproducing inmates in courts.
This was part of resolutions reached at a meeting of stakeholders in the administration of justice delivery presided over by the State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro at the weekend to articulate on problems confronting speedy dispensation of justice in the State, and proffer plausible solutions to ameliorate the precarious situation.
The committee comprising the Chief Registrar, representatives of Prisons authority, the Nigeria Police, Nigeria Bar Association, relevant nongovernmental organizations and Department of State Services is saddled with the responsibilities among others to synergies with the Nigeria Police aimed at fashioning out arrangement to providing logistics, particularly vehicles, to convey inmates to and from courts during sittings.
Justice Umukoro who decried the worrisome situation where Judges, prosecution counsels, Legal Practitioners and Registrars of courts are ready to go on with trials, but cannot due to nonavailability of vehicles to reproduce inmates awaiting trial in courts, disclosed that as part of measures to tackle the problem head on, criminal jurisdictions in the State would be increased, adding that Judges handling criminal cases have been directed to also sit in Agbor, Owa-Oyibu and Umunede.
The forum advocated for for the establishment of more criminal jurisdictions in the State to decongest the courts of cases, even as the Chief Judge cautioned Lawyers to avoid meddling with clients’ money. According to the Chief Judge who is a member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee, LPDC, over 400 Lawyers are facing trial for various offences of professional misconduct.
He promised to liaise with Ministry of Justice to reproduce 300 copies of the domesticated Administration of Criminal Justice Act for Judges and Lawyers, and to organise a seminar for stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the Law for easy implementation