As Ayoola regrets depletion in the knowledge of law
BY ABDULWAHAB ABDULAH & ONOZURE DANIA
Lagos—Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has stressed the need for judges and legal practitioners to seek continuous legal training and scholarship to promote the cause of justice in the country.
Fashola’s call was coming as a former Justice of the supreme court, Justice Emmanuel Ayoola, who was a former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission, ICPC, regretted the depletion in the knowledge of law, arguing that the time is now for stakeholders to establish a fund for legal scholarship.
Fashola who was speaking as a special guest at the public presentation of a book entitled, ‘Civil Litigation- A Quick Reference Guide to Substantive Law and Procedure’, written by a Lagos high court judge, Justice Oludotun Adefowope-Okojie said most often times he wondered about different decisions emanating from the appellate courts in the country, especially on issues of objections filed by lawyers in courts.
He expressed surprise on the attitude of lawyers who profited on technicalities to delay cases in court, saying to him such attitude is basic lack of the knowledge of law.
He said: “Filing unnecessary objections or relying on technicalities does not advance the cause of justice. We should consider the objections we file in courts.
“That is why we must continue to emphasise the necessity for continuous training and legal scholarship. I think continuing legal education will help us to see what they are doing in other jurisdiction.”
Speaking on the efforts of the sitting judge to write the 530-page book, Fashola said he never doubted the integrity and legal astuteness of Justice Adefowope-Okojie, while encouraging others to emulate the author and said the government was considering the establishment of a legal institute to compete with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS.
He advised judges and legal practitioners to update themselves with the workings of the profession in order to effectively and efficiently discharge their responsibilities.
The governor also reiterated the administration’s commitment to continue to reform its laws, adding that the revised edition of the Lagos State Laws would soon be published.