The Bar/Bench Forum (hereinafter called “Forum”) is a routine forum organized by the
Bar/Bench Committee of the Nigerian Bar Association, Jos Branch (hereinafter called “NBA
Jos Branch”) in consultation with the various Courts in the Branch.

This particular Forum is very important because, while this Forum has been going on in NBA
Jos Branch, this is the first time Judges from the federal trial courts in Plateau State i.e. the
Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court participated in the Forum as only Judges
of the Plateau State Judiciary were hitherto participants.

The Forum had in attendance Judges from the Federal High Court, Jos; the National Industrial
Court, Jos; the Plateau State High Court; the Plateau State Sharia Court of Appeal; and the
Plateau State Customary Court of Appeal. Also in attendance were Magistrates and lower Court
Judges of the Plateau State Judiciary as well as members of the Inner Bar, the Official Bar and
the Outer Bar.

The Chairman of the Forum was the Chief Judge of Plateau State, the Hon. Justice Pius D.
Damulak, CON.

The Keynote Address was delivered by the immediate past Chief Judge of Plateau State, the
Hon. Justice Lazarus C. Dakyen, CON who set the tune for a robust discuss based on his
experience as a Judge and with lawyers.

The Chairman of the Bar/Bench Committee of NBA Jos Branch, Chief Garba S. Pwul, SAN
moderated the event.

Addresses were received from the Presiding Judge of the Federal High Court, Jos, Hon. Justice
Musa Kurya on behalf of trial federal courts in Plateau State; Mr. Ralph A. Monye, the
Chairman of NBA Jos Branch; Mr. Solomon E. Umoh, SAN who spoke on behalf of the Body
of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Plateau State Chapter as well as members of NBA Jos Branch;
Mr. Jinaka Iliya, the Chairman of the Young Lawyers Forum, NBA Jos Branch; and the
Chairman of the Magistrates’ Association of Nigeria who spoke for the Magistrates and Area
Court Judges in Plateau State.

At the end of the Forum, the following communique was issued:
1. The relationship between the Bench and the Bar in Plateau State remains the best in the
country and a reference point.
2. There is serious need for Superior Court Judges and senior lawyers to mentor lower Court
Judges and young lawyers so that the future of the Bench and the Bar is secured.
3. There is need to adequately and timeously fund the Judiciary in the State.
4. The existing mutual respect between the Bench and the Bar in the State should not only be
maintained but also strengthened owing to the fact that the Bench and the Bar are partners
in the smooth administration of justice.
5. There is need for members of the legal profession to promote the tenets of the profession
by not pulling down the structure of justice through any act(s) and inaction(s).
6. Lawyers are discouraged from writing frivolous petitions against Judges; but are rather
encouraged to challenge decisions through the judicial process of appeal.
7. There is need for Judges and lawyers to avoid being emotional while handling matters in
court.
Dated in Jos this 5th day of June, 2017.
Chief Garba S. Pwul,                                                                      SAN Mr. Gabriel Ofen-Imu
Chairman                                                                                         Secretary
Bar/Bench Committee                                                                   Bar/Bench Committee
NBA Jos Branch                                                                             NBA Jos Branch

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