The Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mr. Ade Ipaye, on Thursday stressed the need for a conducive working environment for judges, in order to enhance smooth dispensation of justice.
Ipaye spoke during a valedictory court session held at the Federal High Court, Lagos, in honour of retired Justice Marcellus Awokulehin, who bowed out of the bench on Jan. 16, after active service.
He said judges were currently faced with harsh working conditions due to congested courtrooms, which made court sittings uneasy for them.
According to Ipaye, inadequate working tools and power failure are also now common place in the courts, adding that it constituted a major draw back to the productivity of judges.
“There are harsh working conditions for our judges in the courts and this is almost becoming a norm.
“Cases of congested courtrooms, inadequate working tools, power failure, are almost becoming normal, and this is very unacceptable.
“Every passing day, I see the rising list of pending cases before our courts and the judges cannot work favourably under such environment.
“Do we still believe that justice delayed is justice denied? Are we ready to back this belief by action? and even if we are, I
think we are still hindered by some unexplained paralyses,” he said.
Ipaye also stressed the need for adequate funding for judges, so as to ensure efficiency in the dispensation of their duties.
“Inadequate funding is one of the reasons why our overall progress as a people is more excruciatingly slow,” he said.