Gov Dickson Signs Bayelsa State Judiciary Autonomy Bill into Law.
22 OCTOBER 2012
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon Seriake Dickson has signed the State
Judiciary Autonomy Bill into law in conformity with the provisions of
the bill at the Executive Council Chambers of Government House, Governor
Dickson said the move was a demonstration of the importance his
administration attaches to the financial autonomy of the Judiciary.
According to the Governor, “having had the privilege of being a member
of the Bar as well as Attorney-General of the state and now Governor, he
is in a better position to provide the requirements of the Judiciary
towards improving the delivery of justice in the state”.
however observed that the constitution does not stipulate the framework
for the implementation and the execution of the autonomy of the
As part of government’s commitment to build
institutions rather than personal powers, Governor Dickson noted that he
decided to create a legal backing for the autonomy so that it would not
be over-ruled by any administrative fiat in future.
autonomy of the Judiciary in place, the State Chief Executive said the
development signals a new dawn in the history of the Judiciary and
expressed confidence in the 3rd Arm of government to manage its affairs,
especially in financial matters in line with the rules of the public
As he puts it, “with effect from the life of the next
budget, I or any other Governor that will come after me will not have to
treat approvals and requests from the Judiciary anymore”.
While calling on other Governors to support the move for a truly
independent Judicial arm of government, Governor Dickson said the
Judiciary was too important as it is the last hope of the common man.
“Our democracy is not safe and it cannot be secured. Our civil rights
cannot be protected unless we strengthen our Judiciary which alone has
the constitutional authority to deepen our freedoms and protect our
fundamental liberties” he declared.
Speaker of the State House
of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kombowei Benson said the bill was deliberated and
passed within a week considering its significance.