Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed the appointment of Justice Adegboyega Akinteye as the first President of the recently constituted Customary Court of Appeal in the state.
It was learnt that the Customary Court of Appeal, recently approved by the National Judicial Council (NJC), is on the same pedestal with the State High Court or Federal High Court.
Akinteye while speaking on his new assignment informed that the establishment of the court will ensure that cases are fast-tracked to ensure speedy dispensation of justice.
He said, “The establishment of this court will lead to the development of customary law. All cases emanating from the customary court, grade C, go to the high court but with the establishment of this court of appeal, customary court cases will now be fast-tracked.
“Currently, we have Grade A customary court which is already in operation to be feeding the Customary Court of Appeal. We also have Grade C customary court.”
“All the lower customary courts will be under the supervision of the Customary Court of Appeal. This court will also decongest the High Court because several cases can now be filed in the Customary Court of Appeal”.