Chief Ladi William, SAN, has called for the autonomy of the Judiciary from other arms of government as this will reduce corruption, promote efficiency, hard work at the Bar and Bench which will ultimately lead to the enhancement of the legal profession.
Speaking on “Enhancing the legal profession, the role of the Bench and Bar” at the 4th Annual Chief Judge’s Dinner and maiden Awards Night organized by the Anambra State Judiciary, Williams highlighted the urgent need to cure judicial corruption and inefficiency to enhance the legal profession.
In his address, the host of the programme, the Chief Judge of Anambra State, Justice Peter Umeadi, thanked everybody present at the occasion for finding time to grace the event which was not only great and fantastic in planning and organization but was also rich in attendance in presentations.
Justice Umeadi, said: “ Having arrived at the 4th Annual CJ’s dinner, I think that the aim would be to continue to lay building blocks on the agreed mould which this yearly dinner would take, it is essentially a dinner for the Judiciary of Anambra State where we have the pleasure to invite our guests from the Executive and Legislative arms of government of Anambra State.
“It is hoped that as each edition come, the dinner will serve as a platform for the three arms of government in Anambra State to talk to each other without rancor at once under one roof. We hope too that the presence of fun and festive atmosphere would elicit candour to enable the three arms of government to discover ways in which they could better relate for the smooth the running of the machinery of government in the State for the utmost benefit of its people.
He said: “The planning committee, in this 4th Annual CJ’s dinner added for the first time an award night. The innovation was approved and guideline for all times is that such an ward would be available to persons who have in one way or another been of service to the Judiciary of Anambra State in particular and Nigeria third arm of the Government of Anambra State, that Government comprise of the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary.
“Much as the Judiciary is a component part of that Government, it occupies a peculiar position where it is expected to act as an arbiter between the Executive and Legislative arms and even in cases and issues which are between either the Executive or Legislature against the Judiciary, such as the recent issue of financial autonomy for the Judiciary.
“It for this sake that the Judiciary is to be excused when it seeks to distance itself in other to better adjudicate on issues without fear or favour, affection or ill will.
It is, therefore, for proven services to the Judiciary of Anambra State that the maiden award of the Chief Judge of Anambra State would be bestowed on the following eminent and distinguished persons as follows: The Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano in recognition of his support, phenomenal and unprecedented development of infrastructure in the Judiciary of Anambra State, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State, in recognition of his nobility in transcending frontiers in appointments in the Judiciary of Abia State. ”