The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, has denied the existence of any frosty relationship between the State Judiciary and members of the Bar, just as he expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the Ikeja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA.
The Chief Judge who received the new executive of the Ikeja branch of NBA, on Monday during a courtesy visit in his office, showered accolades on the members, saying that he’s proud to be associated with them.
Justice Alogba expressed the belief that since both the Bar and the Bench are working together for a common goal which is the administration of justice in the state, it was expedient for them to ensure a conflict free relationship in the interest of the masses.
He used the courtesy visit to pledge more support for the branch. While asking them to remain focused, Alogba admonished the NBA members to work extensively in salvaging the image of the profession.
He added that since misunderstanding is inevitable in every organisation, NBA inclusive, it is honorable for the association to be professional and mature in handling any internal misunderstanding whenever such occurs in order to save the prestigious profession.
Speaking on the enormous amount of records lost at the Igbosere High Court during the Endsars crisis and the effects of the crisis on the Judges, the Chief Judge informed members of the Bar of the several efforts by the Judiciary in securing temporary places for court usage.
He appealed to the bar association to plead with their clients whose cases are pending to exercise patience until the commencement or the completion of these temporary site, adding that for now, criminal cases is given consideration over civil matters because of the current pandemic in the country.
The newly elected Chairman of the Bar Association, Mr Batholomew Aguegbodo, thanked the CJ for taking out time out of his busy schedule and within the short notice of their request to meet with the new executive.
He assured the Chief Judge of a better and smooth working relationship with the state judiciary just as expressed the Association’s condolences over the death of one of the retired judges in the State, Hon Justice Yetunde Idowu.
The Chairman pleaded with Justice Alogba to assist in ensuring that matters filed in court are urgently assigned, as delay in assigning matters makes litigant loose confidence in the justice system.
The NBA Chairman who pleaded for reduction in cost of filing cases, also proposed a quarterly or monthly meeting of NBA branches with the Honourable Chief Judge.