By Sunmola Olowookere
Laws of Ondo state, Nigeria are currently undergoing a review by a committee set up by the Ondo state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kola Olawoye SAN.
Olawoye made this disclosure while delivering an address at a special court session organized as part of activities to mark the commencement of the new legal year.
In a speech he delivered at the previous edition of the legal year, he stated that he mentioned that the laws were ripe for a review and that he would constitute a committee solely for the purpose.
He informed the gathering that the committee had completed the first phase of their assignment and expressed optimism that the work will be out in this legal year and a revised edition of the law will be out for use.
He urged members of the legal proffession to brace up for the various socio-economic challenges that are bound to throw up in the new year as he predicted that the volume of legal/judicial activities is bound to increase in the buildup to and after the general elections.
He advised the members of the bar and bench to be cognizant of the vital role they need to play in order to ensure sustenance of a stable polity saying that the society looks up to them for hope and direction.
He assured that government was fully committed to the sustenance of high standard in the Judiciary and promised that no effort will be spared within the confines of the available resources in sustaining steady growth and development in the sector.
He said that the executive will continue to support the judiciary in order to have a full complement of the judges of Ondo state with the appointment of additional four judges as approved by the National Judicial Commission in the current year.
He commended the Ondo state judiciary for the various achievements which had been recorded under the current administration of Justice Olutoyin Akeredolu.
He appreciated the judges for their demonstration of enviable intellect, industry and integrity in the discharge of their duties and the members of the Bar for their efforts towards providing legal solutions to societal problems.
He stated that the activities of the judiciary in the last twelve months were conducted under an atmosphere of peace, tranquillity and uninterrupted industrial harmony.
While observing that increasing societal complexities and its attendant ills call for a more alert, proative and efficient service delivery, Olawoye predicted that the justice sector will witness the arrival of a different modus operandi in the administration of Justice delivery system this legal year with new innovations brought to bear in the sector.