By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki,
The Jos Branch of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria (CLASFON), as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility is organizing a one day training programme for Court Registrars and Bailiffs in the Plateau State Judiciary.
|S.S OBENDE (Esq)|
Disclosing this to Journalists during an interactive session in his office in Jos today, S.S Obende (Esq), while speaking on behalf of CLASFON and the Organizers said the aim of the training is to improve on the efficiency of the administration of Justice in Plateau State and the country at large.
Obende (Esq) also further disclosed that various paper presentations would characterize the training.
He said, “Paper presentation by Judiciary would be on “The Role and duties of Court Registrars and Bailiffs in the efficient Administration of Justice: A Judge’s Perspective”. Paper Presentation by NBA would be on “The Lawyer’s challenges with the Court Registrar and Bailiffs in striving towards an effective Administration of Justice:-A Lawyer’s perspective”, Paper Presentation by CLASFON is on “Court Registrars and Bailiffs-Expectations of the public, Paper Presentation by Law Officers Association of Nigeria (LOAN), Plateau State is on “The Court Registrar and Bailiff’s Role in the Administration of Criminal Justice: A Prosecutor’s Perspective”. While the Paper to be Presentation by the High Court Administration would be on “Repositioning Court Registrars and Bailiffs for Efficient Administration of Justice: The Way forward”.
In part, while fielding answers to questions from Journalists, S.S Obende said:
“To enhance their service delivery we are embarking on this training. Like you know, Justice is fundamental to any society and the role of this category of people cannot be under estimated. They play a very strategic role in ensuring that the dividend of effective justice system is achieved.
“CLASFON has observed over time that perhaps this category of officers, the effectiveness of their office has been treated as though it is not fundamental and that is why you would find that one or two lapses here and there have the effect of impeding the administration of justice and so, as a fellowship, we came together and we felt that we also have a role to play and that is why we are organizing this programme as our corporate social responsibility.
“It is funded strictly by CLASFON and I can say categorically that this is the first of its kind in the state and in the nation at large. Not even the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), to my knowledge has been able to organize a program like this for this category of staff.
“Also because we cannot take care of every staff, we expect that whatever knowledge they are imparted with, we believe they would also go and break it down to their colleagues and subordinates in their respective offices.
‘This programme should ordinarily be the responsibility of the Judiciary, indeed the state, because, there is no way you can talk of having a very effective working environment if its main staff don’t undergo these regular training and retraining.
“The Judiciary has been very supportive I must say, in fact, the Acting Chief Judge did not hesitate when this request was made. He has been quite supportive and I can confirm that the participants for tomorrow’s training have already been notified. Because, they also appreciate that it is a collaborative thing. Without an effective Bar, you can’t have an effective bench. They know that what we are planning is to the benefit ultimately for the system, beyond the Judiciary and to the state as a whole.
“The essence is to create the awareness that it is not just a government responsibility. Every stake holder has a responsibility to enhance a smooth administration of justice. So, this is our own contribution as a fellowship, and we believe that beyond us, some other bodies could also key into it.
“May be perhaps you are looking at the financial implication, I can tell you that even the Judiciary is underfunded so, we are not expecting, we have not received any financial support, but we know that they identify with this cause. Part of what we are trying to do is to, as much as possible address all the areas concerning those people who have one role or the other to play in the Judiciary and in the Justice sector.”