IN line with the provisions of the law setting up DESTMA 2013, the Delta State Government has set up four mobile traffic courts in each of the operational zones of DESTMA, Asaba, Ughelli, Warri and Effurun.
Each of the mobile courts will have a Senior Magistrate GD.11 (who will head the court), Registrar-in-charge and an account officer.
The stipulated sections of the Delta State Traffic Management Law provides as follows:
Section16 (1) “there shall be established a mobile traffic court for trial of traffic offenders which shall be presided over by a Magistrate or revenue court Judge appointed by the State-Chief Judge and shall sit in any part of the state”
Section 16(2) provides that proceedings shall be held in public unless the Magistrate or revenue court judge considers it safer to hold private sittings in the interest of justice or public safety.
Section 16(3) “Notwithstanding the provisions of this section,a traffic offender may wish to waiver his rights to a court trial by paying the stipulated fines or fines tickets into the designated state account”.Sec 17 provides for appeal by an offender within 28days of the decision of the mobile court,While sec(18) talks on traffic fines and tickets.
The setting up of the mobile court was done by the Chief Judge Delta State, Justice M. Umukoro at a meeting held at his office in Asaba.
Also present at the meeting was the Hon. Commissioner for Transport, Vincent Uduaghan, Director General of DESTMA, Mr. Stephen K. Dieseruvwe, Permanent Secretary Directorate of Transport, Mr Edwin Abraka, Director of Operations DESTMA, Naval Commander Samuel A. Idah Rtd. and the magistrates of the mobile courts, Ezenweali John Alero (Asaba), Mesiri Frances (Ughelli), Epete Diodemise (Warri) and Ewherido Tekpevwe Rita (Effurun).
Justice M.Umukoro, charged the newly appointed Magistrates of the mobile court to be expedient in their execution of justice and avoid favouritism. The meeting ended with a prayer and a call from the Hon. Commissioner for Transport to the magistrates to deal with all traffic offenders fairly irrespective of tribe or status.