To ensure proper
administration of justice, there must co-exist a relationship between the Bar
and the Bench. The kind of relationship in this regard is a professional
relationship only to be seen in the courtroom.  The Bench and Bar are members or parts of the
same body, the justice system. They perform different functions to ensure that
justice is not just done but seen to be done. In the discharge of their various
functions, whatever appears to be adverse to justice must be fought jointly by both
the Bar and Bench. 

On one hand, one way of
ensuring a peaceful co-existence between the Bar and the Bench is to ensure
that the Bar observe the rules of professional conducts when performing their
functions. The Bar is not allowed to file unnecessary and frivolous
applications, must not seek unnecessary adjournment that would cripple the
case. They are not required to abuse or harass the Bench.

The court is the temple of
justice and the Bar and Bench are both ministers of the temple. Their object is
the attainment of justice. The Bench also, in performing his functions is to
show respect and protect the Bar. There are judges who use uncourteous and
uncouth languages when addressing the Bar. 

The question that arises
here is how to maximize the synergy between the Bar and the Bench and ensure a
co-operation amongst these two in the attainment of justice.

The various questions, issues
and challenges of maximizing the relationship between the Bar and the Bench and
the way forward would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual
General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Time:  9.00 – 10.30

Jasmine, Eko Hotel


Moderator: O.C.J Okocha, SAN

Hon. Justice Otisi, JCA

                    Dele Oye Esq

                    Folasade Alli

                    Ken Mozia SAN