Abuja CJ urges FG to appoint more judges

Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court Abuja, Justice John Tsoho, on Monday has called on Federal Government to appoint more judges to the Federal High Court.

During the special session to mark the commencement of the Federal High Court 2019/2020 legal year in Abuja, Justice Tsoho said that this will help reduce the workload of judges as they were overburdened with work in the outgone legal year.

Reviewing the just concluded legal year, Tsoho said 116,623 cases were pending at the high court, 16,144 filed in a quarter, while 12,692 were disposed of.

He said that the records were evident that judges were overburdened with work in the last legal year.

“We, therefore, need to engage more judicial officers to help out. However, it does appear that there was no provision for appointment of judges in the current budget.

“I will make efforts to discuss with relevant stakeholders to see to the possibility of facilitating the recruitment of more judicial officers in the course of the year,” he said.

Justice Tsoho noted that training of judges and staff of the judiciary to enhance professionalism was of paramount interest to the judicial authorities.

He said that the judiciary will work with the legislature and the executive to entrench constitutionalism in the federal judiciary.



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