Benue State Law Courts

The Benue State Judiciary, as at 2023, comprises nineteen Judges for High Court and four Judges for Customary Court of Appeal.

For the High Court, nine of the Judges (the Chief Judge inclusive), are in Makurdi, three in Gboko, two in Otukpo and one each in Katsina-Ala, Vandeikya, Okpoga, Adikpo and Sankera.

The Lower Courts are part of the expansion. From the initial touring Magistrates to Resident Magistrates at Makurdi, Gboko and Otukpo, Benue State Judiciary later have thirty-three (33) Magistrate Courts and a Juvenile Court.

In the Area Courts Sector, there are eighty four (84) Area Courts while all the Grade One Area Courts in each of the Local Government Headquarters were upgraded to the status of Upper Area Courts, with the aim of widening the jurisdiction of these courts thereby bringing justice to the door steps of those who seek it.

With this development, the Grade II Area Court has been phased out.

There is a total of twenty-five (25) Upper Area Courts and fifty-nine (59) Grade One Area Courts spread across the nooks and crannies of the State.