Aug 16, 2019

Maximizing the synergy between the Bar and the Bench

To ensure proper administration of justice, there must co-exist a relationship between the Bar and the Bench. The kind of relationship in this regard is a professional relationship only to be seen in the courtroom.  The Bench and Bar are members or parts of the same body, the justice system. They perform different functions to ensure that justice is not just done but seen to be done. In the discharge of their various functions, whatever appears to be adverse to justice must be fought jointly by both the Bar and Bench. 

On one hand, one way of ensuring a peaceful co-existence between the Bar and the Bench is to ensure that the Bar observe the rules of professional conducts when performing their functions. The Bar is not allowed to file unnecessary and frivolous applications, must not seek unnecessary adjournment that would cripple the case. They are not required to abuse or harass the Bench.

The court is the temple of justice and the Bar and Bench are both ministers of the temple. Their object is the attainment of justice. The Bench also, in performing his functions is to show respect and protect the Bar. There are judges who use uncourteous and uncouth languages when addressing the Bar. 

The question that arises here is how to maximize the synergy between the Bar and the Bench and ensure a co-operation amongst these two in the attainment of justice.

The various questions, issues and challenges of maximizing the relationship between the Bar and the Bench and the way forward would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  9.00 – 10.30

Venue: Jasmine, Eko Hotel


Moderator: O.C.J Okocha, SAN

Panelists:  Hon. Justice Otisi, JCA

                    Dele Oye Esq

                    Folasade Alli

                    Ken Mozia SAN