The acting chief judge of Katsina State, Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar, has implored the president of the Court of Appeal to establish of a new division of the court in Katsina State for quick dispensation of appeals from Katsina and some of the states within the North West geo-political zone.
Abubakar, who made the request at a special session of the court of Appeal, Kaduna Division, held in Katsina, regretted that the geo-political zone with the highest number of states with largest geo-political spread in the country had only two divisions of the Court of Appeal leading to high accumulation of appeals.
He however appreciated the Court of Appeal, Kaduna Division, for setting aside some few weeks every Legal Year to go round the states within its territorial jurisdiction to hear appeals emanating from the states.
“This special sitting of the Court of Appeal is aimed at achieving not only quick disposal of appeal cases but also building public confidence on the workings of the courts. I would like to urge My Lords to increase the routine of the special sessions and to assure you that as always, that Katsina State judiciary and the state government shall continue to provide the necessary support,” he added.
In her remarks, the Presiding Justice, Kaduna Division of the Court of Appeal, Justice Uwani Musa Abba Aji, disclosed that the special session of the court holding in Katsina would entertain no fewer than 189 appeals and motions which emanated from Katsina State.
Aji, accompanied by members of the panel of the Court of Appeal special session including Justice I.S. Bdliya, Justice O.O. Daniel-Kalio, Justice O.A, Adefope-Okojie and Justice A.A. Wambai, who were in Katsina for the 5-day special session, noted that the special sitting was designed by the President of the Court of Appeal to decongest appeals and reduce the financial burden of indigent litigants.
She urged lawyers to give the court maximum cooperation by handling their cases diligently and professionally devoid of frivolous applications that could derail the smooth administration of justice.
“We were in Jigawa and Kano States last two weeks for similar purpose. It is our hope that lawyers representing cases that are before us are equally fully prepared to give us maximum cooperation,” said Aji.
This is as the state Commissioner for Justice, Bar. Ahmad Usman El-Marzuq, had commended the great improvement in the judiciary and administration of justice at the Court of Appeal and other courts.
El-Marzuq said the judiciary is not only taking the lead in delivering what the common man yearns but also in restoring the confidence of the average citizen in the country’s judiciary.
He assured the cooperation of both the public and official bar for the successful special session of the Court of Appeal for the benefit of relevant stakeholders in the state.