Magistrate courts in Lagos State will soon begin weekend sittings, the Chief Registrar of the State Judiciary, Mr Ganiyu Safaru, said on Friday.
Safaru told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that logistics were being put in place towards ensuring that the courts hold proceedings on Saturdays.
``We are trying to work out the logistics and we are almost at the final stages.
``A proposal has been made that magistrates should be paid some allowances when they sit at weekends because it is not part of their official working days.
``This is being looked into by the judiciary and the executive arms and an approval will soon be given,’’ Safaru said.
According to him, apart from the magistrates, the courts registrars, clerks, secretaries and other supporting staff working on weekends will also be entitled to allowances.
``We are still trying to work out the allowances that will be paid to them and this is why we have not taken off,’’ he said.
The registrar noted that when fully operational, weekend sittings would help decongest the prisons and also give people the opportunity to perfect their bail conditions during the weekends. (NAN)