By Ishaq Hardawa
The Bauchi state Judiciary has debunked media reports alleging lopsidedness in its recent promotion of Upper Sharia Court Judges in the State.
Speaking to newsmen the Chief Registrar State High Court Barrister Subilim Emmanuel Dajuma said the promotion of Judges was approved by State Governor following recommendation of state judicial service commission, after following judicial guidelines.
Barrister Subilim Emmanuel explained that the Management of Sharia Court of Appeal submitted the list of thirty six sharia judges to fill in the existing eighteen vacancies in the 2021 approved personnel budget to be promoted to the position of Upper Sharia Court Judges.
He said appointment promotion and discipline of Judicial Officers and Staff reside with judicial Service Commission as stated under section 197(1)(c) of the 1999 constitution as amended.
“The appointment of judges unlike other appointments is an exercise that is highly sensitive and regulated by the National judicial policy, Judicial appointments guidelines and code of conduct for judicial officers.
According to the Chief Registrar the Judiciary is apolitical and therefore zoning has no place in cases of promotion.
Barrister Subilim noted that the judiciary has internal mechanism to checkmate the excesses of any action and aggrieved persons can seek readdress.
The Chief Registrar said the judicial service commission in its last meeting has adopted the conduct of examination to all staffs and only successful candidates are considered for promotion.
It could be recalled that the State House of assembly during its plenary session on Tuesday nineth November alleged lopsidedness in the promotion of Upper Sharia Court Judges in the state.