By Naseer Mijinyawa, Minna://
Any Magistrate in the service of Niger State Judiciary found wanting in the discharge of his or her duty will be severely dealt with in accordance with the laid down rules of the Judicially Service Commission, JSC. The acting Chief judge of Niger State, Justice Halima Ibrahim Abdulmalik has warned.
She said that the Judiciary under her watch will no longer accept any unprofessional conduct from any Magistrate warning that she will use the sledge hammer on any erring Magistrate.
Addressing participants at a two day interactive session organized for newly appointed magistrates into the service of the Niger State Judiciary held at the conference Hall of the Judicial Service Commission in Minna Tuesday, the chief judge reiterated that she will not spare any Magistrate that is reported to have engage in unprofessional conduct.
According to the acting chief judge, the session was organized to aquint the newly magistrates with the rudiment of court proceedings and brainstorm on the day to day rule of court proceedings inorder for them to leave up to their professional responsibility as Magistrate.
She then urged the participants to make proper use of the knowledge aquire from the training session so as to enable them perform effectively in their respective courts.
In a paper presented at the training session with the topic, “Arrangement and bail in the Magistrate Court” the director in-charge of probate, Nasiru Mua’azu, described bail as immense importance to the administration of Justice.
He stated that the proper application of the principles creates a favourable atmosphere under which the confidence of the people in having recourse to the court is enhanced.
“Arraignment is literally the formal reading of criminal charging documents in the presence of the accused to inform him of the charge(s) against him. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter plea vary amongst jurisdiction, but they generally include” Guilty, not Guilty” he explained.
According to him, arraignment is the process of bringing an accused persons/ persons to the court inorder to formally accused them of crime or crimes, adding that the supreme Court of Nigeria has in a number of cases laid down for valid arraignment.