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The State Judicial Service Commission is an establishment under Chapter VI Section 197 (I) (C) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

with its composition, functions and powers set out in Part II of the Third Schedule of the Constitution. Its functions are similar in scope and nature with those of the Civil Service Commission, the State Independent Electoral Commission and Local Government Service Commission. According to Sections 202 and 204 of the 1999 Constitution, the State Judicial Service Commission may make its own regulations.

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Administrative & Human Resources Department

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Information Communication & Technology Unit

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November 4, 2019 in gallery, News

Lagos State Judicial Service Commission Organized A Written Examination for the Appt of Judges Held on 4th Nov, 2019 at PSSDC,MAGODO

Lagos State Judicial Service Commission Organized A Written Examination for the Appt of Judges Held on 4th Nov, 2019 at PSSDC,MAGODO
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October 20, 2019 in News

The Chief Judge and the Commission Members of the Judicial Service Commission at the 2019, Legal Year Celebration Held in October, 2019

The Chief Judge and the Commission Members of the Judicial Service Commission at the 2019, Legal Year Celebration Held in October, 2019
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Swearing In Ceremony Of Three New High Court Judges

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Members of the Commission

Meet the Commission Members of Judicial Service Commission

Chief Judge/Chairman, JSC

Justice Kazeem Alogba

Hon. Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba was born at the Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos on 23rd April, 1960 into the ALOGBA FAMILY of Ikorodu Lagos State to Alhaji Chief Jimoh F .Alogba and Mrs. Risikat Alogba (of blessed memory).

His early Primary education was at the Holy Trinity Primary School, Ebute-Ero,  Lagos from 1966 to 1970. He attended Ikorodu High School, Ikorodu from 1971 to 1975 for his Secondary education, where he obtained his West African School Certificate. Thereafter he attended the Baptist Academy Shepherdhill, Obanikoro from 1975 to 1977 for his Higher School Certificate.

He proceeded to the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos in 1977 and obtained a Second Class (Upper Division) Bachelor of Laws Degree in June, 1980. He attended the Nigerian Law School from October1980 to July, 1981 and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981. He also attended the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies UNILAG Akoka, Lagos where he obtained a Certificate in Advanced Practice and Procedure in 1989.

Hon. Justice Kazeem O. Alogba began his working career as a Tutor at Ikorodu High School, Ikorodu, from August 1977 to November 1977. He also taught Law at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Benue State as a Part Time Lecturer from November, 1981 to August, 1982. He served as a State Counsel at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Marina, Lagos in the Mercantile and Industrial Law Division from November, 1981 to March, 1983.

He joined the Law Firm of Tayo Adesanya & Co (Solicitors) as a Junior Counsel from April 1983 to May 1984, his Principal being Dr. Michael O.Adesanya (of blessed memory).

His Lordship also taught Law courses at the Lagos State College of Science and Technology, Isolo (Now Lagos State Polytechnic) from September 1983 to September 1984.

He joined the Law Firm of B.O. Benson Law Office at 50, Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos from June 1984 to December 1991 as an Associate Counsel, his Principal being Chief B.O. Benson (SAN).

Thereafter he established his Law firm Lanre Alogba & Co. a firm of Legal Practitioners and Consultants in February, 1992.

Hon. Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju was appointed as a Judge of the High Court of Lagos State in July 1996.

Following his appointment, His Lordship served in various Divisions of the High Court of Lagos State.

His Lordship attended many Local and International Professional Courses including the following –

ALL NIGERIA JUDGES CONFERENCES – 2001, 2005.

JUDICIAL EXCHANGE PROGRAMME, LONDON – 2007

NATIONAL SEMINAR ON BANKING AND ALLIED MATTERS FOR JUDGES (NJI/CIBN) – 2003

WORKSHOP ORGANISED BY NATIONAL CENTRE FOR STATE COURTS           INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES ON CASE MANAGEMENT & COURT          ADMIISTRATION – JUNE 2001

ARBITRATION AND DISPUTES RESOLUTION WORKSHOP BY LAGOS MULTIDOOR COURTHOUSE/NEGOTIATION AND CONFLICT MANAGEMENT GROUP – MARCH 2003

LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT COMPUTER BASICS AND MICROSOFT OFFICE –      2003

WORKSHOP ON ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE LAW – LAGOS STATE 2008 – 2009

FAST TRACK COURTS WORKSHOP – 2008, 2009

WORKSHOPS FOR JUDGES ON ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION MECHANISMS – AT THE LAGOS MULTIDOOR COURT HOUSE (BETWEEN 2009 AND 2010)

NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ELECTION PETITION TRIBUNAL AND APPEALS – AT THE COURT OF APPEAL AND INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR  ELECTORAL SYSTEM – MARCH, 2016

JUSTICE SECTOR INDICATOR WORKSHOP-MUNK SCHOOL OF GLOBAL STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, CANADA-OCTOBER, 2017

TRANSFORMING GOVERNANCE TOWARDS SUSTAINING A UNIFIED PUBLIC SERVICE– DUBAI – JULY, 2018.

WORLD JURISTS ASSOCIATION XXVI CONGRESS (CONSTITUTIONAL DEMOCRACY, FREEDOM & RULE OF LAW) – SPAIN – FEBRUARY, 2019.

ATTORNEY GENERAL & COMMISSIONER FOR JUSTICE

Mr Moyo Onigbanjo

Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria(SAN), Fellow Institute of Chartered Arbitrators of United Kingdom ; Member of NBA Lagos Branch, NBA Prosecutor before the Body of Benchers and Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Committee 9th July, 2012 and Notary Public was born on the 24th September, 1964.

He attended Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1983 where he bagged a Bachelor of Law (LL.B Hons) degree in 1988 and was called to Bar by the Nigerian Law School in 1989.

In his quest for further knowledge, he went to Harvard Law School for two Executive Courses on Negotiation and Leadership and thereafter, Difficult Conversation both in 2017. He also has a Diploma in International Arbitration from Chartered Institute of Arbitration.

Mr. Onigbanjo has considerable appellate Court experience having been privileged to successfully argue numerous appeals before the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nigeria. He has argued over 60 cases at all cadres of Court in Nigeria ranging from High Court to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Onigbanjo is a first class litigator and in recognition of his excellence in this regard the legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, chaired by Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhar GCON conferred him with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria in September 2013.

His professional competences include: arbitration, litigation, negotiation public speaking and analysis among others.

In garnering all these experiences, he began his career with Akin Delano & Co. as Managing Associate, Prof. A.B Kasumu’s Chambers as a Solicitor, L.A Adeniji & Co as Managing Partner, and M.J Onigbanjo & Co. as founding partner.

Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo,  SAN is from Lagos State and at his leisure, he loves travelling, football, golf and current affairs.

Permanent Secretary

Mrs Olubukola Oyenike Salami

Mrs. Olubukola Oyenike Salami, born 16th October, 1964 was appointed as a State Counsel in the Lagos State Ministry of Justice on 7th October 1994. She has served in various capacities within the Ministry of Justice and other Agencies of Government.

Mrs. Salami was the Director at ‘Office of the Public Defender’ (OPD), Lagos State Ministry of Justice from the Period of 4th July 2016 till March 2018. Whist working at Citizens Mediation Centre and as the Director OPD, her work experience exposed her to matters relating to children, women and the vulnerable generally. This work experience has tremendously horned her skills on issues concerning this group of people in our society and she has passionately carried out her official responsibilities, both in advocacy and litigation for the rights of the various classes of this group of people to the very best of her ability. She also facilitated the release of about 300 children from various correctional centres in Lagos State.

With the support of an erstwhile Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State whilst she was a Director at OPD, she invited Faculty Members from the esteemed National Institute of Advocacy Training Colorado, United States of America, to Nigeria, to organize training on Advocacy Skills which held for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa in November 2016 and November 2017. Mrs. Salami’s services in other departments of the Ministry of Justice where she worked has also greatly impacted her efficiency as counsel. Mrs. Olubukola Salami has been privileged to organize and attend many trainings both local and foreign. Some of the local trainings include courses on Provision of Legal Aid for Children in Conflict with the law in Lagos State, which she organised in collaboration with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and a course on Domestic violence, organised by the National Women Development Center, Abuja. She was also a member of the Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team, Lagos State.

Mrs. Salami is a strategic advisor, fearless advocate and has featured as speaker at many seminars on various topics relating to alternative dispute resolution, gender issues, domestic violence, sexual abuse and Child Abuse. At these different fora, she delivered well received papers that were applauded.

Mrs. Salami was appointed as the Executive Secretary (E.S), Lagos State Judicial Service Commission (L.S.J.S.C) in April 2018. As the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Judicial Service Commission, Mrs. Salami has worked with the Chief Judge Emeritus, Honourable Justice Opeyemi Oke and currently works with the Honourable Chief Judge of Lagos State, Honourable Justice Kazeem Alogba, to bring about various reforms and innovation in line with the Law. As E.S., L.S.J.S.C., Mrs. Salami, in 2019, along with other members of Lagos State Judicial Service Commission, attended a training programme, in Washington, DC, USA, on “Overview of the Justice System of the United States of America”; an impactful programme meant to enhance the understanding of Judicial Service Commission members about the best global practices in Administration of Justice System. As the Executive Secretary of Lagos State Judicial Service Commission, she has facilitated trainings for members of Customary Courts in Lagos state to enhance their knowledge in the dispensation of justice as well as visited various Local Governments in all the IBILE Divisions in Lagos State Lagos to sensitize them on the importance of Customary Courts.

Due to her desire for a better service delivery in the area of Justice and improvement of Customary Courts in Lagos State, she proposed the amendment of Customary Court Laws of Lagos State which is still under review.

As a result of her dedication and commitment to the growth of the work of the Judicial Service Commission in the administration and delivery of Justice in the state, Mrs. Olubukola Oyenike Salami was appointed by His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu as a Permanent Secretary in the Public Service of Lagos State on 14th September 2021 and she has been serving as the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Judicial Service Commission.

Mrs. Olubukola Salami holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science, University of Lagos (1986), Bachelor of Laws degree, Lagos State University (1990) and a Master’s degree in Law, University of Ibadan (2008). She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991 as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and also a member of the International Bar Association (IBA). Mrs. Salami is a registered member of the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), United Kingdom. She is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC).

She is happily married with children. Her hobbies are: traveling, reading and she also has a passion for women and children.

Member

Mrs Bamidele Akinyemi

Member

Mr. Olasupo Ati-John

Olasupo Ati-John was born on the 4th June, 1965 in Lagos Island, Lagos State.

He attended Saint Mary Private School Ajele, Lagos. Then proceeded to Methodist Boys’ High School, Broad Street, Lagos. He has a bachelor of Law degree from Lagos State University () in 1990 and was called to bar in 1991.

He is a Notary public, a CEDR accredited mediator and a fellow of the Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioner Association of Nigeria(BRIPAN). He is currently the principal partner of Supo Ati-John & Co, a firm of legal practitioners that was incorporated in 1998. He has a combined practice, Criminal and Civil Litigation and Real Estate practice.

In his quest to be well rounded in his chosen career, he undertook the following trainings and workshops;

SMEs, Insolvency and the Economic Cost of Failed Development in Nigeria (July 3rd, 2014) Restructuring the Insolvency legal regime for SMEs from the Perspective of UNCITRAL Intiatives.

The future of SMEs, Group Enterprises and Business Dynamics Nigeria.

BRIPAN International Conference;Transforming the Nigeria Economy; Aligning The Nigeria Rescue Practice with Global Trends (October 3rd, 2013).

Insolvency Law and Economic Development in Emerging Economies 7th – 8th June, 2012.

BRIPAN Fellowship workshop

Business rescue and turn around management 29th – 30th 2012.Lagos

The position of Investors in Intermediated Securities in the event of Insolvency of their Intermediaries.

Mastering the essential skills of negotiation 2007

 

POSITIONS HELD:

Assistant Secretary Membership & Rules Subcommittee BRIPAN 2002-2004

Secretary/Council Member Section of Public Interest & Development Law(SPIDEL) 2011-2015

Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association Bar Dinner Committee and Awards, (Lagos Branch).2013

Member BRIPAN Basic Support & Group (BSG 2013)

Member NBA Anti-Corruption Committee. 2016

Member, National Executive Committee NBA. 2010-2012, 2016-2018

Council Member, Polish-Nigerian Chambers of Commerce, Warsaw, Poland

Member, Panel of Neutrals Lagos Multi-Door Court House.

AFFILIATIONS/ASSOCIATIONS/CLUBS:

Nigeria Bar Association

BRIPAN

Capital Market SolicitorsAssociation

INSOL International

Polish-Nigeria Chambers of Commerce

Ikoyi Club

Nigeria Gas Association

As part of his service to the NBA, here presented and presented a paper on behalf of the NBA President at the Regional Conference at the African Union Commission on Human & People’s Right(ACHPR) in Banjul Gambia on the Jos Crisis in 2011.

Committed to giving back to the society, he founded ‘’Orewa’’, an NGO that raises funds to provide for the needy and under privileged on a monthly basis. His law firm handles probono cases for the Legal Aid council, and The Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State. He is a Devout Catholic and Patron of the Catholic Women Organisation, Lagos Island Deanery.

He is married and blessed with 3 children.

Mr. Olasupo Ati-John was appointed as a member of the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission on 20th November, 2020.

Member

Mr Mahmud Dawodu

Mahmud Dawodu was born on the 29th day of March, 1965 to the family of AbdulRahoof Adisa Dawodu of Ita-Balogun, Lagos Island; he attended Ansar-Ud -Deen Primary School, Babatunde Street, Surulere and Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Randle Avenue, Surulere, for both his Primary and Secondary Education, respectively. He later obtained a First Degree in Accountancy and Finance from Yaba College of Technology in 1991.

Mahmud had his Youth Service at the Department of Immigration in Owerri, Imo State between 1991 and 1992, after which he joined the Lagos State Post Primary Teaching Service Commission (PPTESCOM) in 1993, after which he joined the services of Eko International Bank in 1994, from where he moved to Devcom Merchant Bank as Head of Non-Bank Investments (Treasury) in 1999, between 2000 to 2001, he was in the Société Bancaire, (Merchant Bankers) as Head of Treasury, from where he moved to Platinum Bank, as Head of Public Sector Group in 2001 to 2002.

Mahmud was head hunted by Indo-Nigeria Merchant Bank to run the Treasury Department and put the Bank on the path of profitability in 2002 and by November 2003, in concert with three other colleagues, they established Infinity Homes (Mortgage Bankers) and by June, 2005, Mahmud moved back to core Banking, by joining Pacific Merchant Bank as Head of Strategy and Business Development, an appointment that took him into the largest consolidated consortium of Banks, the UnityBank Plc, where he Served as the Secretary to the Treasury work stream, (during the consolidation process), Mahmud was thereafter made the Head, Oil and Gas Sector.

Mahmud left the services of Unity Bank in 2009 to establish BishopGate Microfinance Bank, which he ran for two (2) years, from where he joined the Oil and Gas giant, Masters Energy Group, as the Head of Operations and in year 2014, Mahmud moved to Olson Energy as Managing Director/CEO before his nomination and appointment by his Excellency, Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu of Lagos State, to join the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission.

Mahmud served on the Boards of FirstUnion Excel Limited, (Consultants), Eden/BishopGate Microfinance Banks and as a member of the Surulere Executive Secretary Committee of 2015, while he is presently serving on the Board of Lagos State Hockey Association (on pro bono)

Mahmud has attended many trainings/courses both locally and abroad, these have developed his skills in Leadership, Strategy Development, Analytics, Treasury/Funds Management, Financial/Business Intermediation, Negotiation capabilities, Entrepreneurial Skills Development, Project Management, Business Psychology and Corporate Governance.

Mahmud is married and blessed with three (3) children.

Member

Mr. Lateef Olaseinde Karim

Mr. Lateef Olaseinde Karim was born on the 27th February 1958 in Lagos Island, Lagos State.

He attended Lagos Municipal Primary School, Lagos between 1964 -1970 and obtained his First School Leaving Certificate. He proceeded to Ansar-Ud-Deen Colledge, Isolo, Lagos State for his West African School Certificate (WASC/O’L) in 1971-1975.

He also went to Lagos Baptist Academy, Obanikoro, Lagos to obtain West African School Certificate (HSC/A’L) in 1975-1977.He has a bachelor degree in Law from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka,Yaba,Lagos in 1981 and was called to the Nigerian bar in 1982.

He worked as Legal Practitioner and Managing Partner in the firm of Femi Okunnu &CO. from1983-1989 and 2003-2020 respectively. He was a Managing Partner at Karim, Thompson & Ishola & Co. from 1992-2003. Also he was the Principal Partner at Olaseinde Karim & Co. from 1992 – 2003 where he is currently a Principal Partner till date.

HE HELD SEVERAL POSITIONS SOME OF WHICH INCLUDE:

CHAIRMAN, SLABS NIGERIA LIMITED

CHAIRMAN, LEGAL METRICS SOLUTIONS LIMITED

DIRECTOR, THE RODING HEALTHCARE LIMITED

DIRECTOR, THE RODING MEDICAL CENTRE LIMITED

DIRECTOR, USMAN KEN NIGERIA LTD

DIRECTOR, STARSEAL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY NIGERIA LTD

MEMBER, GOVERNING COUNCIL, LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY (2011-AUGUST 2020)

PAST NATIONAL SECRETARY, ANSAR-UD-DEEN SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (2010-2018)

PAST NATIONAL LEGAL ADVISER, ANSAR – UD – DEEN COLLEGE ISOLO OLD STUDENTS ASSOCIATION.

 

HIS MEMBERSHIP OF CLUBS & SOCIETIES INCLUDE:

  1. Nigeria Bar Association
  2. Ansar-ud-deen Society of Nigeria
  3. Ikoyi Club 1938
  4. Yoruba Tennis Club
  5. Eko Club
  6. Isale Eko Descendants Union
  7. Crescent Bearers 1939
  8. Elite Club 1938

 

He loves traveling, Writing and Reading at his leisure.

Mr. Karim was appointed as a member of the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission on 20th November, 2020.