Increase Number of Justices at the Court of Appeal- Onofiok Luke
The member representing Etinan/Nsit Ibom/Nsit Ubium Federal Constituency, Mr Onofiok Luke has called for the increase in number of justices at the Court of Appeal to expedite justice dispensation and broaden citizens’ access to justice.
Leading a debate on the floor of the house on a Bill to amend the Court of Appeal Act, Cap. C36 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, the lawmaker who is also the Chairman House Committee on Judiciary said the current number of 90 Justices was inadequate given the creation of new court divisions which has taken the total number to 20 in the country.
According to him, appointing more judges to the appellate court will help reduce the number of cases staying in the docket for an undesirable long period.
He said the Bill when passed will not only increase the number of justices in line with current realities, but will increase the quality and soundness of judicial decisions and eliminate delay in justice delivery.
The proposed Bill seeks to increase the number of Appeal court judges from 90 to 150, give power to the President of the Court to create divisions of the court as situation dictates and to provide for a minimum of 6 Justices in judicial divisions of the court in order to accelerate hearing and determination of cases.