Edo State’s Chief Judge Hon. Justice Esther Edigin has commended the executive & members of the Benin branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) for their commitment to their profession and responsibility towards the people of their constituents.
The Chief Judge, who gave this commendation when the Executives of the NBA paid her a courtesy call in her office to felicitate with her on her assumption of office as the Chief Judge of the state, said the pro bono commitment initiated by the NBA has contributed to the decongestion of the correctional centres. She charged them to do all they can to uphold it while also encouraging them to live up to the tenants of the law Profession.
Hon. Justice Edigin further pledged to uphold the good relationship between the bench and the bar stating that her door is opened to all legal practitioners and she would assist all to the best of her capability.
Earlier, the chairman of the Benin bar, Prince Collins Ogiegbaen had congratulated the Chief Judge on her assumption of office, pledging the loyalty and support of the executive and members of the Benin Branch NBA. He emphasized on the many qualities of Hon. Justice Edigin stating categorically that she (the chief Judge) is one of the most resourceful Judges he had come across as he largely refers to her judgments in his dealings in court. He also prayed for a successful tenure for the Chief Judge.
Prince Ogiegbaen further intimated the Chief judge of the existence of legal Assistance and Prisoners Rights Initiative (LAPRI) which is headed by the bar Public Defender, the aim of which is to provide legal assistance and defend the rights of inmates, pro bono. He also explained that the LAPRI social advocacy was part of what awarded the Benin Bar, the 2nd best Bar nationwide.
Nwine Nekpen Maureen
Senior Information Officer,
Edo State Judiciary