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Ajulo Make Case For Appointment Of Auxiliary Judges To Decide Cases In Courts 


By Femi Ogunshola

Abuja, – Barr Kayode Ajulo, a Constitutional Lawyer, has called for the appointment of auxiliary judges to decide cases in courts in a bid to stop some cases going up to the Supreme Court.The legal practitioner told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that there were some cases which have no business going up to the Supreme Court.He said cases get to the Apex court because any case filed must be taken by the court, saying “there should be common law jurisdictions in Nigeria like they have in the United Kingdom.”“In the UK, they always have these auxiliary judges to look at cases underground. I think that’s the best way because any case file must be addressed and must be entertained by the court.”This, according to him, is whether the case is good or bad, once it has been filed, it must be attended to, Nigeria has the best brains that can serve as Auxiliary judges.“That is the way to dispense justice because any time you decide to go to court you will see some people begging for their cases to be heard, I don’t want to go to court and go and sleep there.“And I don’t want my grandchildren to take the fruits of my labour because of the slow pace of the case,” he said.He said the fear of prolonged cases in courts remained one of the reasons people take laws into their hands to fight because they believe the law would not help them.He said a drastic step must be taken to address the number of Judges presiding over cases in the country.According to him, cases in court always take many years. I could recall about 15 years ago when GOK Ajayi (SAN) came to Abuja for a case that has been unduly prolonged.“There was a day we were in the Supreme Court, he showed me one case, and said this case started when you were born and I realised it was the day I was born that the case started. (NAN)

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