Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ten new magis­trates have been sworn in by the Chief Judge of Ogun State, Mrs. Ola­tokunbo Olapade, with a call on them to always uphold the ethics of the profession and make self-discipline their watch­word.
The newly sworn-in magistrates (three fe­males and seven males) have increased the num­bers of the magistrates in the state to 22.
Speaking at the cere­mony, held at Ogun State High Court conference room, Isabo Abeokuta, Olopade said that the appointment of the new magistrates became im­perative because of the ever increasing work load in the magistrate court.
?Prior to today, we had 22 magistrates, 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 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,? she said.

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