The House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary has called for reforms in the judiciary.
According to the committee chairman, Onofiok Luke, who stated this during the inaugural meeting of the committee, the slow pace of justice delivery and the backlog of cases, is a cause for concern which could be solved by carrying out major reforms.
“There are a lot of reforms to be carried out in the judiciary, the committee in the in collaboration with the relevant bodies and stakeholders like the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Ministry of Justice and the judiciary itself, civil society organizations promises to invigorate the judiciary for effective performance in quick and efficient justice delivery to the common man.
“The slow pace of justice delivery and backlog of matters in Nigeria is a cause for concern.
“We will have re-consider our laws so that we will not overburden our Supreme Court, hence slowing down the will of justice.
“We need to continual advocate and protect the independence of our judiciary so that our judges will be bold and firm to depense justice withour fear or favour.
“By our laws, our judges are not allowed to speak freely, we hold our judiciary and by extension the people a duty to speak up on the welfare of the judiciary”.
The chairman stated further that the lawmakers will continually advocate and protect the independence and welfare of the judiciary.