Ten new magistrates were on Tuesday sworn-in in Ogun State.
The state already has 22 magistrates presiding over the courts in 16 magisterial district in the state.
The new magistrates — three women and seven men — were sworn-in by the Chief Judge of the State, Olatokunbo Olopade, at a ceremony held at the High Court, Isabo, Abeokuta.
The newly sworn in magistrates include: Adeola Daudu, Oluranti Farounbi, Olatilewa Oyefeso, Olakoleyin Oke, Ajibolu Shomorin, Temitope Adebutu, Oyindamola Onifade, Temitope Ayobolu, Folarin Iroko and Sunday Ogongo.
The state chief judge, while swearing-in the magistrates, said the appointments became imperative because of the ever increasing work load in the magistracy.
“Prior to today, we had 22 magistrates,” she said. “As at the end of November, there were 1,280 civil cases and 2,932 criminal pending before the 22 magistrates.
“Statistic shows that on the average, 230 criminal overnight cases and 185 civil cases are brought to our courts on a monthly basis, it therefore became very necessary that more magistrates be brought on board.”
Mrs. Olopade added that in order to bring justice closer to indigenes of the state, two new magisterial district had been created: Ishara magisterial district and Ifo magisterial district.
She expressed optimism that the new magistrates would excel at their duty having emerged the best of 72 applicants who sat for the competitive examination
The chief judge also urged the new magistrates to always uphold the ethics of the profession and make self-discipline their watchword, adding that they should discharge their duties without pressure, favouritism and undue influence.
“I want you all to know that you are joining a formidable team of magistrates and jurist, you cannot afford to be non-performers,” Mrs. Olopade said.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Adeola Daudu, promised they would be of good behaviour, uphold and protect, the laws of the state.