The Chief Judge, and Chairman, Judiciary Service Commission of Cross River State, His Lordship Akon Ikpeme has said that a total of 3,155 cases were filed in the High court Calabar 2020/2021 Legal year and that 886 were disposed within the same period.
Hon. Justice Ikpeme Who spoke during the official opening of thee 2021/2022 New legal year ceremonies in Calabar, said the statistics of cases in courts 567 were Civil /Appeals, 67 Criminal/ Appeals and 252 were motions.
The Chairman, Judiciary service commission also said that a total of 1,657 cases were disposed in 2020/2021 legal year in Magistrates court and that 1,702 were filed within the same period.
His Lordship further said 927 were Civil/Appeal, Criminal/Appeal 359 and motions 371.
The Chief judge explained that the High Court is presided over by 19 Honorable judges including the Hon. Chief Judge and that there are 97 magistrates manning various Courts across the State.
He explained that there was an increase in the number of cases filed in 2020/2021 legal year than in the previous year. Due to COVID 19 pandemic that brought the entire world to its knees in 2019/2020.
Earlier at the Hope Waddle Presbyterian Parish Church of Nigeria the Minister in Charge Most Rev. Theopholeus Egbala urged Leaders in country to fear God.
Here him “Where we take God to our work places, institutions that is when we have a society that will save us”.
“The problem that we have in this country at the moment is that so many of us come to Church after sitting down, and so many powerful messages are preached and prayers are said we go home to live of contrary lives. That is also having a negative impact on us”.
“I pray that Lord will help every one of us to lives by the principles of the fear of God”.