Ogun State of Nigeria is a creation of the States (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Decree of 1976. It has its hierarchy of courts which ranges from High Courts, Magistrates Courts and Customary Courts.
Each category of court has its own Rules of Court guiding its operation. These Courts have been operating within the full complement of their Rules and have contributed immensely towards the development of legal jurisprudence in Nigeria and in particular, Ogun State.The Head of Administration and the Chief Accounting Officer of the Ogun State Judiciary is the Chief Registrar, Mr. O. S. Oloyede. He is ably assisted by Mrs. O. O. Stanley, the Deputy Chief Registrar (Special Duties), Mr. A. O. Araba, the Deputy Chief Registrar (Legal and Director of OMDC) and Mrs. O. A. Sofowora, the Deputy Chief Registrar (Admin)
The Chief Registrar and his team are being supported by the Heads of the following Departments: Administration, Establishment, Accounts, Internal Audit/Budgeting Section, Information Unit, ICT Unit, Criminal Justice Fast Track Clinic, Confidential Registry,Maintenance Section, Protocol Section, Law Library, Records & Statistics, Store Unit, Registry, Appeal Section, Bailiff Section and Probate Registry. There are eight (8) Judicial Divisions, eighteen (18) Magisterial Districts and thirty-nine (39) Customary Courts.
Ogun State Judiciary as presently constituted has as its head, the First Female Chief Judge, Hon. Justice O.O. Olopade. His Lordship is the professional head and Chief Executive of the Judiciary with other twenty Judges ably manning the High courts.
In Year 2011, House Bill No. 3/OG/2011 was passed by Ogun State House of Assembly titled: A Bill for a Law to amend High Court Law, Laws of Ogun State of Nigeria, 2006 and House Bill No. 4/OG/2011 titled: A Bill for a Law to Establish the Customary Court of Appeal in Ogun State and for other matters incidental thereto or connected therewith..
The State has produced two Chief Justices of Nigeria in the person of Hon. Justice Adetokunbo Ademola (the first indigenous Chief Justice of Nigeria) and Hon. Justice George Sodeinde Sowemimo.
Ogun State can emphatically state that a crop of distinguished erudite Law Lords are presently serving in the Court of Appeal and have served in the Supreme Court. Presently serving at the Court of Appeal is Hon. Justice A.O. Lokulo-Sodipe.
In addition, the State has produced a world class jurist in the person of His Excellency, Prince Bola Ajibola, a one time Honourable Judge of the World Court at the Hague.