Lokoja – The Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Nasir Ajanah, on Monday called for constant training and retraining of judicial officers to enhance their capacity and efficiency in the administration of justice.
Ajanah made the call in his opening remarks at a 10-day induction seminar/workshop for newly appointed Magistrates, Area Court judges and Registrars at the High Court complex, Lokoja.
He described the job of judicial officers as onerous, and therefore, required up-to-date skills, knowledge and instinct, that would enable them perform optimally and efficiently.
The chief judge, who underscored the relevance of the training for new magistrates and area court judges in the state, said magistrates were before now appointed and sent out without proper training.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]He described the practice as counter-productive.
“You are going to be faced with a lot of criminal cases, so, it is pertinent for you to know how important it is for you to comport yourselves in a way that will bring honour to your profession.
“You will have to know how to access electronic evidence and use it,” he said.
He urged them to abide by the code of conduct and maintain cordial relationship with the registry.
According to him, the training is expected to last from Nov. 16 to Nov. 25.
He said the training would cover Information and Communication Technology, Code of Conduct, Relationship with the Bar and Court Procedures, among others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the chief judge last week inaugurated seven magistrates and 12 area court judges appointed following vacancies created by retirements and deaths, among others.
Responding on behalf of the participants, Ms Rashidat Adinoyi, expressed gratitude to the state judiciary for the appointment and training opportunity. (NAN)