NAME: MRS. FLORENCE IKWUOMA DUROHA-IGWE

 OCCUPATION: JUDGE HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE IMO STATE

 DATE OF BIRTH: 20TH MAY 1953

PLACE OF BIRTH: ENUGU IN ENUGU STATE

NATIONALITY: NIGERIAN

STATE OF ORIGIN: IMO

 L.G.A: IDEATO NORTH

MARITAL STATUS: MARRIED WITH THREE CHILDREN

RELIGION: CHRISTIANITY

SCHOOL ATTENDED AND QUALIFICATIONS:
(A)  ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: METHODIST PRIMARY SCHOOL, ENUGU (1 956-1962) (FIRST SCHOOL LEAVING CERTIFICATE)
(B)  SECONDARY SCHOOL: ANGLICAN GIRLS’ SECONDARY SCHOOL OGIDI (1963-1971) (WEST AFRICAN SCHOOL CERT.)  
(C)  UNIVERSITY: UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA, ENUGU CAMPUS,  
(D)  COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION:  NIGERIAN LAW SCHOOL, LAGOS (1976-1977) B.L  (DATE OF CALL TO BAR: MAY, 1977)

 

 APPOINTMENTS (PREVIOUS/PRESENT)
DATE OF APPOINTMENT AS MAGISTRATE GRADE 1: 16TH NOVEMBER, 1981
DATE OF APPOINTMENT AS A CHIEF MAGISTRATE 11: 1ST SEPTEMBER, 1986
DATE OF APPOINTMENT AS A CHIEF MAGISTRATE 1: 1988
DATE OF APPOINTMENT AS CHIEF REGISTRAR CUSTOMARY COURT OF APPEAL:   14TH JANUARY, 1992
DATE OF APPOINTMENT AS HIGH COURT JUDGE: NOVEMBER, 1998

 

NATIONAL SEMINARS/CONFERENCE S ATTENDED:

  1. National Seminar on Women and children, Concorde Hotel, Owerri, 24th26th October, 1989.

  2. Seminar on Igbo Women in Socio-Economic Change, Owerri, April 3-5-2990.

  3. Advisory Judicial Committee: Department of Continuing Education for the Judiciary, 2nd National Workshop for Magistrates, Area Courts and Customary courts Judges, Enugu Zone (for Anambra and Imo State), Enugu High Court 1. Monday 25th February - Friday 8th March, 1991.

  4. Orientation Workshop for Top Political functionaries in State Governments held at Port Harcourt. (Awarded Certificate for successful completion of the Seminar).

  5. Two-day Shell Oil Seminar 24th — 25th September, 1992

  6. Workshop on Judicial Administration for Chief Registrars and Chief Magistrates in the Federation organized by the National Judicial Institute in Collaboration with the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria held at ASCON, TOPO Badagry. February 26th-28th1993 (Awarded Certificate for successful completion of the Workshop).

  7. Workshop on Judicial Administration for Chief Registrars and Chief Magistrates in the Federation organized by the National Judicial Institute in Collaboration with the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria held at ASCON.TOPO-Badagry. February 21st - 23rd 1994. (Awarded Certificate for successful completion of the workshop).

  8. Orientation Workshop on Managing Government Business for Top Functionaries of the State Civil Service - Oguta Motels, Ltd. 23rd24th March, 1994. (Awarded Certificate for successful completion of the workshop).

  9. Workshop on Judicial Administration for Administrative Judicial Officers in the Federation organized by the National Judicial Institute, March 10th11th 1997. (Awarded Certificate for successful completion of the Workshop).

  10. Seminar on domestic violence organized by the Women Centre for Peace and Development (WOPED), Modotel Hotel Ltd., Owerri (l7t1 February, 1998).

  11. Induction Course for Newly appointed Judges — Abuja (1999).

  12. All NIGERIA JUDGES’ CONFERENCE 2000; 2001; 2002 and 2003.

  13. Judicial Colloquium on the Domestic Application for International Human rights norms organized by (CIRDDOC) 23rd 26th July, 2001.

  14. Refresher course for Judges organized by N.J.I.2003.

  15. The Common Wealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association Conference Island of Jersey- 2005.

 

OFFICE OF RESPONSIBILITY HELD:

  1. President, Senior Debating Society, Anglican Girls’ Secondary School, Ogidi (1970-1971).

  2. Welfare Officer (W.A. Hall) University of Nigeria Enugu Campus.

  3. Legal Adviser of Methodist Church (1962 Constitution) Owerri-( 1982-1985).

  4.  Financial Secretary, Magistrates Association of Nigeria, Imo State Branch (1985-1986).

  5. Legal Adviser Ada Ovim Association of Nigeria (1986 to date)

  6. Life Member, International Federation of Women Lawyers (F.I.D.A.).

  7. Matron, Nigeria Christian Corpars’ Fellowship, Imo State.

 

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT SERVED IN:

  1. Owerri Magisterial District

  2. Oru Magisterial District (1st Female Chief Magistrate to head a Magisterial District).

 

JUDICIAL DIVISIONS SERVED:

  1. Oru Judicial Division

  2. Owerri Judicial Division

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

  1. Worked in Akpamgbo & Okolo’s Chambers (Articleship), 1977.

  2. Officer in Charge of Prosecutions, State C.I.D. Police Headquarters, Kaduna (N.Y.S.C.) 1977- 1978.

  3. A.C. Orah & Co. Solicitors and Advocates - August 1979- March 1980.

  4. Part-time Lecturer (Business Law) Institute of Management & Technology, Enugu August 1979- October, 1980.

  5. Senior Administrative Officer, Nigerian Television Authority, Zone C. Headquarters, Enugu - March 1980-October, 1980.

  6. Senior State Counsel 11, Legal Drafting Unit, Imo State House of Assembly, Owerri – 2nd October, 1980 - December, 1981.

  7. Part-time Lecturer (Business Law) Polytechnic Nekede, Imo State - October 1981 - December 1981

  8. Magistrate Imo State Judiciary December 1981 - 1988.

  9. Chief Magistrate in charge, Oru Magisterial District, Imo State Judiciary. 1988 - 14th January, 1992.

  10. Chief Registrar Customary Court of Appeal, Imo State 1992-1998

 

LECTURES DELIVERED AT SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS ORGANIZED BY THE IMO STATE JUDICIARY AND OTHER BODIES:

  1. Dissolution of Customary Law Marriages in our Customary Courts.

  2. Hints on Court Administration.

  3. Restructuring of the Customary Courts in Imo State.

  4. Eliminating Domestic Violence: From Legal Barriers to Legal Solutions. A key note Address.

  5. Judiciary Mechanism for Empowering the people.

 

 PRESENT EMPLOYMENT: Judge, High Court of Justice, Imo State Judiciary.

 HOBBIES: Gardening, Reading, Cooking

 HEIGHT: 1.6 Metres.

JUSTICE F. I. DUROHA-IGWE, LL.B. (Hons.) U.N.N.), B.L. (Lagos), is the first female Lawyer, Isuikwuato L.G.A. Abia State, First Female Chief Registrar Imo State Judiciary and First Female Judge Ideato North/South L.G.A., Imo State.