It was gathered that the Abia State Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Uzoamaka Uzokwe, has called on the state government to provide befitting official residence for judges in the state adding that the accommodation provided for her is in a dilapidated condition.
Uzokwe said that the official residence provided for her is in a state of disrepair, which she said informed her decision to operate from her private residence in Aba to work in Umuahia.
She also said that other senior judges in the state also suffer the same fate, as they do not have official residence in any part of the state, stressing that they also operate from their private residence.
Speaking at a special court session to mark the beginning of the 2016- 17 legal year she said that the judiciary do not have even enough court halls, pointing out that the magistrate courts in the state are the worst hit.
She added that lack of court halls makes magistrates to share or rotate court halls which also affect quick dispensation of justice.
Uzokwe said, “There are seven court halls in the state judiciaryheadquarters in Umuahia and we have 14 magistrates of different cadres sitting regularly at the state headquarters.”
She noted that lack of court halls which is not ideal has contributed to congestion of cases in the magistrate courts and the resultant prison congestion and the solution liesin building more court halls.”
The CJ also called for the computerization of the court system in the state.