The Lagos State Magistrate Court on Wednesday received a boost to its workforce as 17 new magistrates were sworn onto the bench.
The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba, who presided over the swearing-in at Ikeja, described the occasion as self-righteous and advised the new magistrates to put God first in all that they do in order to succeed.
While urging the new magistrates to keep both their oath of office and oath of secrecy, the Chief Judge told them that with their new status, they could not afford to expand their social circles.
He warned the new magistrates that they would soon begin to come under pressure from friends and family to influence their decisions, but advised them against compromise.
The Chief Judge advised them that when confronted with friends and family seeking favour, they should not shun them but rather courteously tell them to tell their lawyers to do their job well.
Justice Alogba also advised the magistrates not to do anything that will make their family sad.
Also speaking, the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, advised the magistrates to strive for excellence.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Judicial Service Commission, Olubukola Salami, described the appointment process of the magistrates as rigorous.
She urged them not to compromise judicial values.