A Port Harcourt-based lawyer, Endurance Akpelu, has called for speedy justice delivery in the Rivers State judiciary.
Barr. Akpelu, who made the call while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt Monday noted that in spite of the frontloading system, the speed of adjudication had remained slow.
The Port Harcourt lawyer remarked that justice delayed was justice denied. He decried a situation where the average adjudication lasted for more than five years.
According to him, “as society moves from simple to complex, there are bound to be positive and negative developments and government must make room for these developments.”
Barr. Akpelu expressed regrets that the introduction of verbatim recorder suffered a setback in the State.
He noted that if the efforts had being sustained there would not have been glut of classes in Rivers State judiciary.
The Port Harcourt lawyer explained the manual recording by judges and magistrate took a long time and praised judges for their hardwork.
Barr. Akpelu said the manual recording which was cumbersome and time consuming had been abrogated the judiciaries of civilised nations especially in Europe and America.
He said the innovations of frontloading can only be complemented by the use of verbatim recorder to achieve speedy justice delivery.
The Port Harcourt lawyer stated that criminal justice suffered greater hardship with fewer number of State Counsels manning the high courts.
He noted that accused persons, who are presumed innocent by the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, were made to go through horrible conditions before they were granted bail.
Barr. Akpelu urged the judiciary to make room for better justice delivery in the State.