Lagos Inaugurates Five Mobile Courts For Traffic Offenders

lagos state mobile courts The Lagos State Government has inaugurated five Mobile Court buses for road traffic offenders, with a pledge to end impunity on the roads.

The Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atiladeā€Ž and the State’s Attorney General, Kazeem Adeniji, restated their commitments to ridding Lagos of recklessness and impunity on the roads at the inauguration of the Mobile Courts on Friday.

The inauguration was held at the premises of the High Court in Ikeja, the capital of the state.

Justice Atilade pointed out that flagrant disregard and violation of traffic rules with impunity was unacceptable. She, therefore, urged the people of the state to discourage and condemn the act.

The Chief Judge also disclosed that the judiciary remained committed and would stop at nothing to back the initiative of the State Government.

The Attorney General, on his part, said that the Mobile Courts would facilitate prompt and immediate trial of road traffic and environmental offenders.

Offenses to be tried by the Court include; driving against traffic, refusing to obey traffic signs like Zebra Crossings and Traffic Lights indications, crossing the highways where Pedestrian Bridges are provided, driving on the BRT by non-designated vehicle and parking at undesignated places, commercial buses on motion with their doors open thereby endangering lives of both their passengers and other road users, noise pollution and street trading amongst others.

He expressed hope that the reduction in the commission of these traffic offences, would determine how much Lagos had progressed as a civilised society.

The State Attorney General also said that the Courts would be presided over by Magistrates and that there would be prosecutors from the Ministry of Justice and defence lawyers from the Office of the Public Defender (OPD), who would be readily available to defendants who so desire.

Legal Year: Lagos Not Opposed To Judiciary Financial Autonomy – Ipaye

Legal yearThe Lagos State Judiciary held its 2014/2015 Legal Year Ceremony with simultaneous services at the church and mosque.

The Cathedral Church at Marina, Lagos Island, played host to the Chief Judge, other judges and magistrates, lawyers and guests who came to celebrate with the judiciary.

The clergy advised the judiciary to always seek divine wisdom from God in the discharge of their duties.

It was a similar scene at the Central Mosque also on Lagos Island where judges, magistrates and guests of the Muslim faith also held a thanksgiving service.

The State Government, through it’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ade Ipaye, appealed to judicial workers in the state to shelve their proposed strike as full financial autonomy for the sector was not yet feasible.

He, however, assured the judicial workers that the State Government was not opposed to the financial autonomy of the State judiciary.

The Legal Year celebrations ended with a colourful parade and inspection of guards by the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade.