The commencement of the 10-Day Special Court Session of the Court of Appeal, Akure Division, was held in Osogbo, Osun state capital, on Monday.
In his keynote address at the complex of the High Court, Osogbo, Oyetola assured the Judges of adequate support of the state government during their stay in the state.
“Enthroning democracy and the rule of law in our nation’s Fourth Republic has been particularly challenging in our peculiar environment where democratic institutions are weak and are struggling for identity and credibility.
“In this 20-year-old challenging democratic journey, the Judiciary has filled in the gap by providing the barometer for reaching the desired destination.
“At every turn, the Judiciary has lived up to its billing as the last hope of the common man. Indeed, the nation owes the gradual sanitisation and stability of our democracy to the Judiciary.
“As a crucial branch of the Judiciary, The Court of Appeal remains a strong pillar in this judicial and political expedition.
“Your Lordships, your current assignment in Osun State is in furtherance of the Judiciary’s role as the arbiter and protector of the rule of law.
“The Judiciary has played this role with vigour and unblemished integrity. It has demonstrated to the people that it remains the filtering agent when unscrupulous elements muddle up our judicial waters.
“The Court of Appeal has established a reputation for itself as the home of landmark judgments in the nation. The preponderance of its judgments upheld by the Supreme Court is proof that it is indeed and in truth the Temple of Justice.
“The statutory position of the Court of Appeal as the exclusive prime place where Justices of the Apex Court of the Land are appointed underscores the importance of your court.
“I urge Your Lordships to continue to uphold the tenets that have endeared the Court of Appeal to the people as an institution of nobility, integrity and trust.
In her welcome address, the Chief Judge of Osun state, Hon. Justice Oyebola Adepele-Ojo, commended the Judges for taking the seating to the state.
She said the seating was geared towards easy access to justice, assuring them of cooperation and support.
The CJ, who also stated that over 250 cases are pending before the appeal court, Akure, called for establishment of court of appeal in Osun state.