Imo judiciary kicks off Legal Year with thanksgiving …Bishop Okorocha urges integrity in justice dispensation By Chinasa Ogbonna, Emma Onumah and Gid Ahanonu

The Imo State Judiciary, last Friday, kicked off the 2012/2012 Legal Year with a thanksgiving service in the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL), Owerri with theme “That Justice be done”.

Preaching at a Eucharistic service which was well attended by all segments of the legal profession, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha Ph.D, charged members of the State Judiciary to always endeavour to dispense justice with great amount of integrity and dedication.

Bishop Okorocha noted that, any child trained with bribe money can never be useful in the society, and wondered how worrisome it could be for any body to be involved in bribe taking, stealing or  other fraudulent means.

He referred to a common saying that: “Justice delayed is justice denied” and posited that, from the Christian point of view, justice delayed is justice awaited from God which, he said, eventually turns out to the glory of His name and a blessing to the person involved.

The Prelate also expressed worry that people no longer bother about what is justice in a matter but how much  is justice, emphasizing the need for Christians to use the opportunity and time they have to serve God, so as not to be  forsaken by Him in the end.

Bishop Okorocha warned that human and court judgement or sentence, has a time limit, but that, that of God is for eternity, and pointed out that; “as anyone passes through this way, any act of love, any moment to speak the truth or do the right thing, one should not hesitate to do so, because, according to him, one will never pass through this way again.”

The Old Testament reading taken at the service from 1 Kings 33-14 was taken by the State Deputy Governor, Sir Jude Agbaso on behalf of His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Governor of the State.

The Chief Judge of the State, Hon. Justice B.A. Njemanze, took the Epistle from 1 John 5l3-15, while the Lord Bishop of Okigwe Diocese, Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu took the Gospel from John 1621-26.

People from all walks of life were present at the Eucharistic service including the Bishop of the Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Prof. E.U. Iheagwam, who assisted the Bishop of Owerri in celebrating the Holy Communion service, and the Lord Chancellor of Owerri Diocese, Hon. Justice Chioma Nwosu-Iheme, who is also a Justice of the Court of Appeal.

Meanwhile, Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has renewed his appeal to Judges to expedite hearing in matters before them.

The governor was speaking at the thanksgiving Church service to mark the 2012/2013 Legal Year of Imo State Judiciary at the Cathedral Church of The Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri.

He stressed that justice is what every man deserves and urged the judges to always rethink before giving judgement on any matter.

While calling on them to work with the State government, the governor commended the judges in the State for their sound Judgements in matters.

According to him, effective justice delivery is what they require to retain the confidence of the masses.

He commended the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt Rev. Cyril Okoroch, for his evangelism through various programmes and pledged government’s assistance in the completion of the CATOL Church.


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