The Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev Callistus Onaga has charged Enugu state legal practitioners to be prudent in administration of justice to all so as to sustain a peaceful state.
Bishop Onaga gave the charge in a homily at a church service to mark the opening of the 2018/2019 legal year of Enugu state judiciary at Holy-Ghost Cathedral.
The service was attended by the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, members of the state house of assembly, jurists, legal luminaries and dignitaries from all walks of life.
Dwelling on the theme of the homily: Upholding the Dignity of Legal Profession, Most Rev Callistus Onaga, charged the legal professionals to always abide by the ethics governing their profession for enhanced justice delivery.
Bishop Onaga further urged them to reject acts that would deter justice, the rights of the poor citizens of the state and integrity of their job.
Delivering his speech during a court session held to commemorate the event at the Justice Umezurike auditorium, Governor Ugwuanyi who was represented by the Deputy Cecilia Ezeilo commended the state judiciary for its effort in promoting peace, security and co-existence in the state.
Earlier in her address, the state Chief Judge, Priscilla Emehelu while highlighting various achievements recorded in the previous legal year, enumerated the 2018/2019 projects geared towards improving the quality of justice delivery in the state to include creation of e-library, judicial website, review of the high court rules amongst others.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Miletus Eze said the state judiciary has lived up to its expectations within the period.
Speaking in separate interviews, the President Customary Court of Appeal, Justice George Nnamani, and the Chief Registrar Enugu High Court, Martha Onoh call on their learned colleagues to support the State Chief Judge for a successful year.
The theme of 2018/2019 legal year is “The Courts and Speedy Dispensation of Justice in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges”.