President of the Senate, David Mark
By Onwuka Nzeshi
The Senate Wednesday passed a bill seeking an increase in the number of Federal High Court Judges from 70 to 100.
The bill was read for the third time and passed by legislators in the Upper Chamber of the parliament after they considered and adopted the report of the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters.
The report of the committee recommended that the number of Federal High Court Judges should be increased from 70 to 120 but the Senate rejected the recommendation and pegged it at 100.
President of the Senate, David Mark, who spoke after the passage of the bill, urged the nation’s judges to take steps to dispense cases pending before them speedily.
“With the passage of this bill we hope that we will see some level of expeditious trial of most cases that are pending at the moment. If there is request for further increase in the number of judges we are always here. But there is need to get most of the cases tried because there are so many of them.
“We sympathise with our judges for the volume of work they have to do but if there is anything they want us to do, we are always ready to cooperate because they say that: Justice delayed is Justice denied,” he said.