Striking court workers in Cross River State said that judges and magistrates are free to issue rulings as long as court staff are off duty.
This is because the strike by judicial workers for financial autonomy exceeds two months throughout the country.
Members of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) had embarked on industrial action on April 6 over the failure to implement the president’s directive on financial autonomy for the third level of government.
Cross River union president Ebong Asanya, on Wednesday, expressed disappointment at the way the government and its officials have handled the autonomy issue.
“The strike lasts more than two months, we started on April 6, if the judges and magistrates decide to issue their sentence, they are free as long as our members are not there,” he said.
“If the judges can go all the time to sweep the courtroom or they can keep files, type the judgment and other things, he or she is free to go, but our members will not be there.
JUSUN members are judicial workers, we open courtrooms, sweep, clean various offices, take files to the judges and many other things.
“So if the judges can do all those things that I’m afraid they can’t, let him go ahead and pass judgment.
As for the court workers who are on strike, nothing can change it, he said, adding: “If we don’t get financial and independent autonomy now, we will never have it again,” he stressed.