By Dave Okpogadie, Asaba
To further enforce the Stay-at-Home Order issued by the Delta State Government as a proactive measure to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state, the chief judge of Delta State, Hon. Justice Marshal Umukoro, has designated and inaugurated some courts to handle cases arising from violations of the Stay-at-Home Order.
The special courts include Chief Magistrate Court 1 Asaba which is to hear and determine cases emanating from Delta North Senatorial District, Chief Magistrate Court 1, Ughelli to hear and determine cases emanating from Delta Central Senatorial District and Chief Magistrate Court 1, Warri, to hear and determine cases emanating from Delta South Senatorial District.
According to the chief judge, the designated courts are empowered to operate as mobile courts.
He charged the Police, State Prosecutors and other stakeholders in the Criminal Justice Sector of Delta State to file their cases and prosecute violators of the Stay-at-Home Order in the designated courts to give full effect to the public health objectives and good intentions of government.
The chief judge added that and for the avoidance of doubt, the earlier directives stipulating, inter alia, strict observance of social distancing in courts and restricting the number/categories of persons who can be allowed access into the courts at a time remain in force and shall be applicable to the proceedings and activities of the designated courts.