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116,623 FHC cases pending, CJ seeks more judges

The Acting Chief Judge (CJ) of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho has promised to work towards improved efficiency and workers’ welfare as he revealed that about 116,623 cases are pending in the courts.

Speaking at the beginning of the 2019/2010 new legal year of the Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice John Tsoho said 16,144 cases were filed this quarter alone out of which 12,692 had been disposed off.

The Chief Judge who hailed court’s judges for their contributions to the promotion of democracy especially the efficient handling of election matters, also promised to ensure the appointment of more judges for the court due to the high volume of pending cases.

“From the reports received, about 116,623 cases are pending in the Federal High Court; 16,144 cases were filed in this quarter alone in which 12,692 have been disposed off.

“It is obvious that the judges were over-burdened with work in the last legal year. We, therefore, need to engage more judicial officers to help out.

“However, it does appear that there was no provision for appointment of judges in the current budget.

“I will make efforts to discuss with the relevant stakeholders to see to the possibility of facilitating the recruitment of more judicial officers in the course of the year” he said.

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