Ex-Grand Khadi Harps On Autonomy For Judiciary

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President, Court of Appeal, Zainab Bulkachuwa

From Victor Seyi, Ilorin

Former Grand Khadi of the Kwara State Sharia Court of Appeal, Ilorin,
Justice Idris Abdullahi Haroun, has again called for full financial autonomy of the judiciary.
Haroun made the call while featuring on a Radio Kwara personality interview programme.
The jurist lamented that “there is undue financial strangulation of the judiciary” which, according to him, had always lead to frequent industrial actions by judicial workers.
He therefore suggested that funds meant for the judiciary, which is the third tier of government, should go directly so that sector since it is a national problem and expressed the hope that the current administration would address the issue without further delay.
While answering another question, Haroun disclosed that the administration of justice requires that judges who are at area courts and adjudicate solely on Islam law should be responsible to and administered by Sharia Court of Appeal not only administratively but intellectually.
The retired jurist explained further that a judge cannot adjudicate on what he has no deep knowledge about ,stressing that when one highlights corrective points on a judgement, some of the judges at the lower courts may not have access to such guidelines but in a situation where such matter was brought before an appeal court, such matter would be well adjudicated upon by more learned or competent judges.
He therefore summed up his point by stating that any aspect of adjudication in any area court that has to do with Islamic law should be supervised by an appellate court of appeal in line with the provision of constitution.

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