Judiciary Disposed 13,273 Cases In Preceding Year - Abraham
By Idongesit Akan
October 19, 2020
The Akwa Ibom Judiciary
has disposed a total of
13,273 cases from the
various courts in the state during the 2019/2020 Legal Year.
The state chief judge, Justice Godwin Abraham, made
this known on the occasion to
herald the 2020/2021 Legal
Year, at the Multi-purpose Hall,
Judiciary Headquarters, Uyo,
The courts are High Court
of Justice, Magistrates, MultiDoor Court House and District
Justice Abraham explained
that the constitutional mandate of the judiciary is adjudication in civil and criminal disputes.
Thus, the 2019/2020 legal year statistical data of
cases in the courts which is
hereto annexed, indicates the
imperative for recruitment of
personnel for the judiciary to
accelerate the dispensation of
justice due to the large number of cases pending in courts.
"Obviously, there has been
an upsurge in litigation in our
attribute this to awareness
among the people, others argue that the judiciary has inspired public confidence leading to many seeking judicial
intervention in their disputes.
However, it is a welcome development that rather than resort to self help in times of dispute, Akwa Ibom people have
opted for the civilized preference of approaching the courts for resolution.
Of course this
has naturally increased the
case loads for the judiciary and
raised the need to enlist more
judicial hands to enhance the
dispensation of justice.
He stated that, in the high
court, at the beginning of that
legal year, there were 3,782 outstanding cases while 3,960
cases were filed within the legal year.
This brought the total number of cases in the High
Court of Akwa Ibom State to
7,742 in that legal year. Out of
this number, 2,943 cases were
disposed of, while 4,799 are still
pending and have been carried into this new year.
A fortiori, in the Magistrates Courts, 4,356 cases were
outstanding at the beginning
of the last legal year.
While 6,554 cases were filed within
that legal year and this brought
the total to 10,910 cases. Out
of this number, 6,228 cases
were disposed of while 4682
were outstanding as at the end
of the legal year.
At the Multi-Door Court
House, 326 cases were pending at the beginning of the last
legal year while 504 were filed
within the legal year, 549 were
disposed of, while 281 remained outstanding as at the
end of the legal year.
At the District Courts, 8,521
cases were pending at the beginning of the legal year while
3,362 were filed.
the total to 11,883 cases. Out
of this number, 3,553 cases
were disposed of, while 8,330
were pending at the end of the
The chief judge said, "it can
be seen that a grand total of
13,273 cases were disposed of
by the various courts in Akwa
Ibom State in the preceding
legal year. One can also note
that a total of 14,380 new cases
were filed in the courts within
the period under review.
He commend the efforts of
judges of Akwa Ibom State,
magistrates, dispute resolution
officers, chairmen and members of the district courts and
all staff of Akwa Ibom Judiciary for their hard work in this
becomes more necessary, considering the challenges we
faced during the legal year. We
had to shut down our various
courts during the COVID-19
lockdown from March 23 to
May 5, this year.
we returned from the
lockdown, we, for some
months had skeletal courts sittings to deal with only urgent
and/or time bound matters. It
is heartwarming that in spite
of such limitations, the judiciary of Akwa Ibom State remained committed to its constitutional mandate.