‘Gombe dispensed 11,300 cases in 2020’


Chima Azubuike, Gombe

The Gombe State acting Chief Judge, Justice Muazu Pindiga, on Tuesday, said the state judiciary dispensed 11,300 cases from 13,663 cases filed in 2020.

Pindiga made the disclosure at the 2021 legal year briefing held at the state high court complex, saying the 2,363 cases pending in the state courts would be dispensed within a short period.

He said, “As the third arm of government, we have strived to perform our duties in the justice delivery sector, even with the menace of COVID-19 which adversely affected the function of our courts.

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“Recall that courts nationwide had to close for a long time in 2020 because of the pandemic, but even with that, we have done our best in the discharge of our duties. Of the number of 13,663 cases filed in the high court, magistrate/district courts, area courts, 11,300 pending cases were heard and determined, leaving 2,363 pending and carried forward to this year.

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“In the area of revenue generation, a total N26,072,148.00, was realised from court fines and fees, probate fees and marriage registry fees.

“This revenue generated in the midst of COVID-19 pandemic was largely due to effective and constant supervision of all revenue-generating points in the judiciary.”

Meanwhile, Governor Inuwa Yahaya has commended the state judiciary for instituting varying reforms for quick dispensation of justice.

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