The acting Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice O. O. Oke has reinforced her reformist zeal and quest for far-reaching change in the state’s judicial sector by revealing that her family members equate her with the iconic James Bond movie character – on account of her initials (Double-O) and her passion for excellence.
She made this disclosure at the Bar/Bench Forum, held at the foyer of the Lagos State High Court on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 as part of activities marking the commencement of the 2017/2018 Legal Year. Expressing her delight at the huge turnout of lawyers at the event, she attributed it to equal passion on their part for reform in the dispensation of justice.
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Hon. Justice Oke, however, decried the eagerness on the part of some lawyers to rush their clients to court – and to prolong cases, sometimes for years – at the slightest provocation, stating that in some other jurisdictions, litigation and court action were embarked on only as a last resort, after all other alternative avenues, such as mediation, had been explored and exhausted – and urged lawyers to adopt such measures in order to ease the workload of judges in the state. According to Newswire’s Lagos correspondent, the Acting CJ also called for reform in the criteria for the award of Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) in favour of lawyers who can show evidence of a track record in using mediation as a dispute-resolution mechanism.
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