At inception, it consisted of Seven Judicial Divisions, Ten Magisterial Districts and Ninety-four District Courts. There were ten High Court Judges in all, with Hon. Justice Mbatidiong Udofia Usoro, (now late) as the Pioneer State Chief Judge.
The other Judges were: Hon. Justice J. T. Akpabio (now late) Justice of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Edet R. Nkop (who became the second State Chief Judge), Hon. Justice Effiong D. U. Idiong (now late) (the third Chief Judge), Hon. Justice Eno B. Otu (who became the 3rd Chief Judge), Hon. Justice U. J. Udofia (late), Hon Justice B. U. Eka (late) Hon. Justice Joseph B. Essang, Hon. Justice E. I. Nkereuwem (late), Hon. Justice Eno Udo (late) and Hon. Justice 0. A. Esin (late); Samuel W. Egbo-Egbo (a retired Judge of the Federal High Court) was the Pioneer Chief Registrar.
The Pioneer Judicial Divisions were: Uyo, Abak, Etinan, Eket, Ikot Ekpene, Oron and Ikot Abasi. The then Magisterial Districts were: Uyo, Ikono, Ikot Ekpene, Ikot Abasi, Itu, Abak, Oron, Eket, Etinan and Ukanafun.
At present, Akwa Ibom State Judiciary comprises 12 Judicial Divisions and 25 Magisterial Districts. It has a total number of Twenty-five (25) High Court Judges and Thirty-five (35) Magistrates and Three (3) Deputy Chief Registrars. There are 94 District Courts. Environmental Sanitation Court, Revenue Courts and a Multi-Door Courthouse with offices in each Senatorial District of Akwa Ibom State.
The present Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Stephen E. Okon assumed duties on 1st May, 2015 as the sixth Chief Judge of the State, upon the retirement of his predecessor, Honourable Justice Idongesit Ntem B. Isua, CON. Aniekan Eton Akpan, Esq. is the current Chief Registrar of the Judiciary while Mrs. Rosemary Uko is the Chief Registrar of the Customary Court of Appeal.
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