Ogun State Chief Judge, Justice Olatokunbo Olopade, has expressed concern over the congestion of cases in the state’s magistrate courts despite the appointment of new magistrates into the judiciary.
The Chief Judge, who expressed the concern at the annual conference of the state chapter of magistrates association of Nigeria in Abeokuta, said the workload of the magistrates was still too light.
Justice Olopade assured that the state judiciary would appoint more magistrates to reduce the workloads.
The association chairman, Mrs Oriyomi Sofowora, thanked the chief judge for the appointment of new i6 magistrates between 2014 and 2016, but asked her to FastTrack the requests for new cars for the newly appointed magistrates and the replacement of cars allocated nine years ago.
Sofowora also pleaded that magistrates be considered for appointments into the proposed customary court of appeal and the provision of medical checkup and treatment for the magistrates.