Justice Delivery: Kano CJ laments dearth of judges, soaring of court cases
Acting Chief Judge of Kano State, Justice Nasir Sagir has raised the alarm that the state does not have sufficient judicial officers to handle burgeoning cases in the state.
Judges at the state level are appointed by the state executive governors on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council (NJC).
Justice Sagir who said something drastic must be done hinted that otherwise justice delivery would be annoyingly slow in the state.
Justice Nasir spoke recently at the second quarterly session of Partners West Africa Nigeria (PWAN) project on court proceedings in Kano
Citing the present composition of judges in the state, Nasir who was represented by Chief Registrar of the state high Court, Jamilu Shehu Suleiman revealed that only 21 Judges were presently managing cases meant to be handled by over 30 judges.
In his words: “When you have only 21 Judges in a population of over 15 million people being allotted no fewer than 20 cases on daily basis, how can you guarantee quick dispensation of justice in such situation?
“Also the National Industrial Court in Kano which is serving the entire North has only one Judge.
“In Kano we have over 100 Sharia courts, about 80 magistrate courts and 20 High courts. All these courts have limited personnel required to make them functional”.