Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has asked judges to fast-track the dispensation of justice by reducing the time they spent on cases before them.
He expressed concern that some cases take years for courts to determine.
Osinbajo, expressing the concern at the third Annual Judges Workshop on Petroleum, Gas and Power Sectors in Abuja, said the delay in ending court cases is discouraging investors.
He said, “We need to evolve measures that will speed up the judicial decisions. We also need these decisions not to be too complicated for investors to easily understand
“We need to ensure sanctity of international arbitration. Also, judges should be trained in petroleum and energy sector so that they would to be fully equipped to handle the emerging trends in the sectors.
“if the country is not positioned to supply the necessary power supply, which is essential for driving the economy, the country will not make much progress.”
Also, Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onoghen, speaking at the workshop, told judges not allow technicalities to delay the delivery of justice, in order to boost the confidence of the public in the judiciary.
Justice Onoghen also spoke on the controversy over the conflicting judgements by court of parallel jurisdiction, saying such conflicting judgement is not abnormal.
Conflicting judgement, according to Nigeria’s Chief Justice, is inevitable because facts adduced in a court on the same case in separate courts may not be the same.
He explained that the Appeal Court is set up to look at the conflicting judgements in line with the law.
Onnoghen said, “Conflicting decisions unfortunately, are necessary, because when you approach a court in Lagos, your facts are stated and the facts of that case are also different in a court in Port Harcourt.
“So, the judge takes a decision based on the facts before him and the law, and that is why we have the Court of Appeal who will look at the law and decide,” the CJN said.