The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has tasked the newly sworn-in Magistrates to uphold the ethics of the profession and dispense justice without fear and favour.
Justice Dipeolu stated this at the swearing-in of two Magistrates at the Judiciary Complex, Kobape Road, Abeokuta, urging them to put in their best to justify their elevation to the position, as they were versed in the law and administration of justice.
“My advice to the newly sworn in Magistrates is that; your lifestyle must surely change to reflect the sensitive nature of this new role. You must bear in mind the Code of Conduct of this noble profession and behave accordingly at all times. I urge the family members to support them with prayers. I congratulate both of you once again and I wish you success in your new roles”, she said.
She noted that there were 39 Magistrate Courts presently in the State, adding that they were all conducive for sitting, in addition to the provision of befitting quarters for Magistrates to avoid the stress of traveling and ensure their safety.
Meanwhile, the State Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has opened a “Small Claims Court”, to provide easy access to informal, inexpensive and speedy resolution of simple matters such as, debt recovery disputes, demands and damages that do not exceed N500,000.00, to further bring justice closer to the people at the grassroots level.
She said the operations at the Small Claims Court would commence in six carefully chosen Magisterial Districts, which were Abeokuta, Ota, Ifo, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu and Ilaro, adding that the success of these Courts would determine their opening in other Magisterial Districts.
The Chief Judge pointed out that the Courts were affordable, saying that the claimants must have been served letter of demand on the Defendant as in Form SCA1 and both must reside or carry out business in the State.