At the commencement of the 2019/2020 legal year in Oyo State on Monday, October 7, the Chief Judge, Justice Munta Abimbola, disclosed the lack of judges in the state. He hinged his remarks on the statutory standard of the National Judicial Commission (NJC) as well as the volume of cases being handled by the available judges in the state.
The chief judge said this while fielding questions from reporters after leading other judges to take the salute and inspect a parade mounted by the police at the State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan, as part of activities to celebrate the commencement of the 2019/2020 legal year in the state. While noting that despite the fact that the high court law as approved by the NJC requires the services of at least 40 judges, he said the state only has 26 judges, with the latest approval for three additional judges for the state by the NJC.
The chief judge, however, assured that the state judiciary had put in measures to ensure that the available judges were not overworked, promising that justice delivery would be fast-tracked with the fear of God in the new legal year.