Niger needs 20 High Court judges – Commissioner

needs 20 High Court judges for quick dispensation of , the Anthony – General and Commissioner for , Barrister Abdullahi Bawa Wuse, has said.
He stated this at the weekend while interacting with , adding that over the past 10 years there hadn’t been any appointment of judge in the state High Court.
He explained that although the administration recently appointed two judges of the High Court, the list of three others forwarded for appointment was rejected by the National Judicial Service Commission (JSC) because they had not made required returns of cases from the state.
Wuse said the procedure had put hitches on the way for the appointment of judges, stressing that “I hope that the judges would sit tight and make necessary returns that will qualify them for the appointment of High Court judges.”
He lamented that the quality of magistrates had been overlooked and pushed aside overtime with appointments without consideration of their three years mandatory experience.
“For at the ministry, we are saying that those to be appointed as magistrates must have worked with the ministry of for not less than five years, while those in private must have practised for seven years before appointments.”
He stressed the need for better rules to be set for more efficacies in the judicial system to avoid delay in to the people.
The commissioner said the had taken note of the independence of the and had taken steps to ensure that the third arm of got its funds at source, since last year.
learnt that currently, there were about seven High Court judges in the state while some of them sit in two to three judicial divisions.

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