by Sylvia Eta
A total of 14,820 cases at the various categories of Courts in the Cross River State Judicial System were disposed of during the 2013/2014 legal.
These facts were contained in the address presented by the Cross River State Chief Judge, Justice Okoi Ikpi Itam during the opening ceremony of the 2014/2015 Legal Year of the Cross River State Judiciary on Monday, September 15,2014.
Justice Ikpi also disclosed that 57,425 cases were still pending at the various Courts across the state, giving a breakdown of these cases to include those of Civil/Appeal, Criminal/Appeal, Motion/Miscellaneous of the High Court and Magistrates Courts.
Others according to the State Chief Judge are cases at the District Courts, Revenue Courts, Forestry Court, Family Courts, Calabar Multi-Door Court House and Probate.
He described the new legal year as one that will be hectic and busy because of the fourth coming General Election, and stressed the need for the stakeholders who shall participate in the Election petitions to be upright and committed in their various duties.
Justice Itam equally challenged other stakeholders to collectively work towards the realization of a more virile and efficient justice delivery system in Cross River State.
He also disclosed that the relationship between the judiciary and other arms of governments, the BAR and the staff has been very cordial, just as the welfare of staff is given top most priority adding that discipline is equally not compromised.
The Cross River State Chief Judge explained that appointments, promotions and retirements were carried out including the swearing in of 20 new Magistrates, just as a proposed new scheme of service for staff is now pending.
This year’s Cross River State Legal Year Church Service was held at the Calabar Province of Living Faith Church (aka WINNERS CHAPEL), presided by the Provincial Pastor, Pastor Aderemi Adekunle and others.
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