The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), Calabar Department, Bar Paul Ebiala says it’s unparalleled that the workplace of a state Chief Decide might be left vacant for so long as twenty days.
He was lamenting the scenario the place there is no such thing as a Chief Decide in Cross River State to assign instances to Judges, a scenario that has lingered for over one month.
“The graduation of the brand new authorized 12 months truly began Monday however the regular ceremony that goes with it resembling church service, parades, an inspection of the guard of honour by the Chief Decide and different actions weren’t finished.
“The Chief Registrar issued an announcement that the authorized 12 months has began however the different ceremony was postponed till additional discover”
“The Chief Registrar additionally mentioned we’re nonetheless in that quagmire; project of instances won’t be finished by anyone aside from a Chief Decide or appearing chief decide
“What is going to occur now could be that the instances which are pending and had been assigned might be attended to however the brand new instances which were filed are those that might be affected as a result of they won’t be assigned by anyone for now
On Tuesday DAILY POST took a visit across the courts and located that litigants lots of whom are previous women and men, discovered that their case recordsdata had not been assigned.
Recall that an annual authorized trip within the state began in July with an appearing Chief Decide, Justice Maurice Eneji, however the appearing tenure of Justice Eneji expired on the midnight of September 2, 2020.
Eneji, who’s the second-highest judicial officer within the state, can’t be reappointed for an additional time period in an appearing capability, having acted twice with none affirmation from the Nationwide Judicial Council (NCJ).