The acting Chief Judge of the federal high court, Justice John Tsoho, wants more judges to be recruited in Nigeria.
Speaking at the beginning of the 2019/2020 legal year, Justice Tsoho decried the heavy workload of litigation handled by judges of the high court.
Reviewing the last legal year, Tsoho said 116,623 cases were pending at the high court, 16,144 filed in a quarter, while 12,692 were disposed of.
He said the records were evident that judges were overburdened with work in the last legal year.
“We, therefore, need to engage more judicial officers to help out.
“However, it does appear that there was no provision for appointment of judges in the current budget.
“I will make efforts to discuss with relevant stakeholders to see to the possibility of facilitating the recruitment of more judicial officers in the course of the year,” he said.