mukoro marshallDelta State Government has reiterated its resolve to continue to encourage and support the entrenchment of the rule of law, while emphasising that it cannot be substituted by any other system.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barr. Peter Mrakpor made the assertion at Okwe, in Oshimili South Local Government Area during the Inauguration of the Magistrate Court, Okwe.

The Commissioner for Justice who was represented by the Director of Public Prosecution, Barr. Ben Adigwe, stated that the position of the Magistrate Court in the Administration of Criminal Justice was paramount, noting that it was to ensure speedy trials to avoid a situation where people take the law into their hands or resort to self-help.

In a special Court Session to herald the opening ceremony of the new court, the Chief Judge of Delta State, Honourable Justice Marshal Umukoro stated that the establishment of the Magistrate Court in Okwe amongst others was a demonstration of Government commitment to bring justice nearer to the people, widening the scope of legal practice for members of the bar, widening the revenue base of the State Government and reduction of time being lost in the arraignment of suspect by the police.

Justice Umukoro who advised the people in the new Magistrate Court District, lawyers and litigants to corporate with the Magistrate, however warned supporting staff and the Magistrate that sanction for any infraction of the code of conduct for judicial officers and court employees will be meted out to erring personnel.

Speaking in the same vein, Chief Albert Akpomuje (SAN), and Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Asaba Branch, Barr. Chukwuma Ebu commended Delta State Chief Judge, Honourable Marshal Umukoro of his laudable achievements in the short space of time since assumption of office which included the establishment of two High Court of Justice and three Magisterial Districts, adding that his pragmatic efforts taken to domesticate the administration of Criminal Justice Act in the State was a right step in the right direction to reform the justice system.

They jointly acknowledged that the current development in the judiciary will facilitate creation of more jobs for the bar and the Bench and equally reduce the cost of litigation to its barest minimum.

Earlier in a welcome address presented on behalf of the community, the spokesman Chief Afam Ijeh, pledged its maximum cooperation to the Magistrate and staff of the Magistrate Court to ensure that they perform their duties diligently devoid of any kind of molestation.

The Monarch of Okwe, His Royal Highness, Stephen Nwadiefe Atagbuze Onowu of Okwe, the Akoh of Oko Kingdom and one time Justice of the Court of Appeal, Mike Akpiroroh were among those who graced the occasion.

The highpoint of the occasion was the cutting of tape by the Chief Judge, Honourable Justice Marshal Umukoro, to formally declare the Magistrate Court in the Okwe magisterial District open for judicial activities.

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