The State Chief Judge, Justice Marshal Umukoro and Judicial Officers in Delta State Judiciary have expressed their gratitude to God for the achievements recorded in the 2018/2019 Legal Year even as they look forward for more successes in the upcoming year.
Justice Umukoro who presided over the end of year meeting, posited that the purpose was for Judges to interact, brainstorm, take stock and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere of conviviality, devoid of courtroom regalia and stress.
He enumerated achievements of the passing year to include harmonious relationship with other arms of government, protection and safety of judges, successful handling of the second term swearing-in/inauguration ceremony of Delta State Governor and Deputy.
Others, he said, included construction and renovation of court buildings, supply of modern furniture, provision of power generating sets to high and magistrate courts across the state, and especially, the ongoing construction of state-of-the-art five storeys High Court Complex, Asaba.
Despite the successes recorded in the passing year, Justice Umukoro acknowledged challenges faced by the judiciary, saying: “To be sure, we have our challenges. Indeed, challenges constitute an essential part and parcel of any system or organization.
“They come and go and new ones surface as vicissitudes of life dictate. The existence of challenges, therefore, is normal. They make us stronger and bring out the best in our creativity and problem-solving abilities.”
The Chief Judge stated that the year 2020 would witness increase in the number of support staff, upgrade of operational tools and equipment used in courts in line with universal best practices.
According to him, there was a high hope that the Judiciary Autonomy Bill would be passed into law, stressing that it would open new frontier of possibilities for the judiciary such as recruitment of low cadre support staff, enhanced welfare arrangements for judges and prompt renovation and equipment of courts.
The end of year meeting, which featured interactive session, saw the judicial officers popping champagne, clicking glasses, singing Christian choruses, prayers for their achievement and for a brighter upcoming year.
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