MERIT AWARD: OGUN CHIEF JUDGE PROMISED TRAINING AND WELFARISM OF JUDICIARY STAFFSeptember 22, 2023
HCT 4 ABK – BEFORE THE HON. JUSTICE A. A. AKINYEMI JUDGESeptember 22, 2023
The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Hon. Justice (Dr.) Mosunmola Dipeolu, FICMC, FHNR has opined that, to maintain judicial integrity as Hon. Judges in the State, there is need to continue to uphold the rule of law in the handling of all matters before their Lordships.
Hon. Justice Dipeolu made this known in her welcome address at the 2023 Ogun State Judges’ Conference with the theme “Judicial Integrity: the character and values of a Judge” held at the Judiciary Complex in Abeokuta.
His Lordship stated that” Judicial integrity is the quality of a Judge and his standards and the integrity of a judge is reflected in the standards he sets for himself……therefore, enhancing judicial integrity is enhancing the quality of our private and official lives by basing our thoughts and actions on values and not personal gains, this is because our lives are considered as the image of the judiciary and is the pivot on which the society launders the integrity of the Judiciary.”
The Hon. Chief Judge further maintained that a good Judge must imbibe the quality of being patient, open-minded, courteous, tactful, courageous, punctual, firm, understanding, compassionate, and humble.
Chairman of the Conference, Hon. Justice George Shoremi, JCA (Rtd.), who applauded Judicial Officers in the Ogun State Judiciary especially Hon. Judges for maintaining their status quo, stated that no record of bribery and corruption has been petitioned against them.
Hon. Justice Shoremi who also acknowledged the theme of the conference to be apt for the moment, frowned at negative labelling of Judiciary especially on the recent billboards tagged “All Eyes on Judiciary”.
According to Hon. Justice Shoremi, the development is an insult to the Judiciary, adding that the theme of the conference “Judicial Integrity: the character and values of a Judge” should be discussed across the States of the federation.
In their separate papers presented during the conference, the guest Speaker, Hon. Justice Ayokunle Rotimi-Balogun (Rtd.), the discussants, Hon. Justice Nasir Agbelu (Rtd.) and Mr Sola Ojutalayo (SAN), submitted that to maintain integrity, Judges must act according to the highest dictates of the law and guided by the fundamental principles of justice including moral rectitude and the code of ethics.