The scale of equity and justice must be treated with dignity, caution and due diligence.
Nigeria government, Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has frowned against favoritism, sentiments and therefore cautioned honourable members of the bench, judges against allowing technicalities to stand in the way of dispensing justice in the country.
The cautioned remark was made on Monday in FCT, Abuja when the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria declared open the 2017 National Energy Workshop for Judges.
The Chief Judge further urges judges not to allow technicalities of law to stand in the way of obstructing justice in order to sustain public trust and confidence in the judiciary of the country.
That judges should also deem it fit and proper to initiates steps for litigants to explore other means of dispute resolution and among such means Is the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) which would fast track quick dispensation of justice and disposition of cases.
The theme of the 2017 National Energy Workshop for Judges is, “Law and the Changing Face of Petroleum and Power Sectors in Nigeria”, was relevant in the light of the developments in the international energy market disclosed by the Hon. CJN
The Hon. CJN further reiterates on the essence of the judges’ workshop, that it would empower and exposed judges on international best law practices in confronting the challenges that might arise in the power and petroleum sectors in Nigeria and across the globe.
“Some of the notable challenges faced are in the areas of taxes, rebates, royalties, demand for corporate social responsibility and environmental disputes which require the court’s to adjudicate.”
“Conflicting decisions, unfortunately, are necessary because when you approach a court in Lagos, your facts are stated and the facts of that case are also different in a court in Port Harcourt.
“So, the judge takes a decision based on the facts before him and the law and that is why we have the Court of Appeal who will look at the law and decide,” the CJN said.
The Hon. CJN further shield more light on the lingering controversial legal issues in the public on why different court in the country gives conflicting judgment, ruling and order.
The Hon. CJN further disclosed that the judiciary is also guided by laws and rules of procedures, however, that conflicting ruling, order and judgments were a necessary germane aspect of the judiciary because of it de novo (new issues involved) as they helped to strengthen the fabric of the intellectual reasoning of judges, lawyers and the legal system.