Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday swore in 14 High Court judges.
He urged them to dispense justice quickly and fairly, without fear or favour.
Of the 14 judges who took oath, nine were females.
The governor described the event as “building on a tradition of excellence which will increase our capacity to dispense justice, while also helping to raise a new generation of talents who will go on to do exploits in the highest courts of the land”.
Sanwo-Olu urged the judges to not only be efficient and fair, but be seen to be so.
He promised that the government remains committed to ‘fully supporting the judiciary to achieve it’s purpose and also ensure they the judges are comfortable enough to perform optimally’.
He added: “The judicial arm of government is an essential element for the proper and effective functioning of any democratic society.
“Without the honest interpretation and application of the laws of the land, society would be consigned to an existence of chaos and confusion.
“All eyes will be on you to dispense justice speedily, yet fairly and impartially.
“You will be expected to live and act above board in all circumstances.
“In your hands lies great power: the power to punish wrongdoers and free the innocent, the power to send a strong message to society about the primacy of the rule of law, and to contribute to the growing body of jurisprudence in the country.