Rosaline Bozimo

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Rosaline Patricia Irorefe Bozimo
Chief Judge of Delta State
In office
3 April 2003 – 1 January 2011
Succeeded by Honorable Justice Abiodun Smith
Personal details
Born (1946-01-01) 1 January 1946 (age 71)
Udu, Delta State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Spouse(s) Alaowei Broderick Bozimo
Alma mater Ahmadu Bello University
Occupation Lawyer, Judge

Rosaline Patricia Irorefe Bozimo (born 1 January 1946) is a Nigerian lawyer who was appointed Chief Justice of Delta State with effect from 23 March 2003.[1] She retired on 1 January 2011 and was succeeded by Honorable Justice Abiodun Smith.[2]


Rosaline Bozimo was born on 1 January 1946 in Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State. She attended St. Maria Goretti Grammar School, Benin City for her Secondary education, and then Urhobo College, Effurun. In September 1970 she was admitted to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, gaining a degree in Law in 1973. She then went to the Nigerian Law School and was called to Bar in 1974.[1]

After National Youth Service in Enugu and Onitsha in the then East Central State, she became a private legal practitioner in 1975. With her husband Alaowei Broderick Bozimo she was a founding partner of Broderick Bozimo & Co. She was briefly a member of the Judiciary of the old Bendel State as a Magistrate, before returning to private law practice (1978–1983). In December 1983 she was again appointed a Magistrate of Bendel State, becoming a Chief Magistrate in August 1988. When Delta State was created out of the old Bendel State in 1991, she became the first Chairman of the Tenders Board of the High Court of Delta State, and Chief Registrar of the state High Court in September of the same year. In December she was sworn in as a High Court judge.[1]

The Military Administrator of Delta State, Colonel Bassey Asuquo, appointed her Chairman of the Armed Robbery and Firearms Tribunal, Effurun, Delta State. She was also Chairman, Failed Banks Tribunal, Enugu Zone. After serving as Administrative Judge in three Judicial Divisions, she was appointed as the Chief Judge of Delta state with effect from 23 March 2003.[1]

Chief Judge, Delta State[edit]

In December 2003 in a bid to ease the congestion in prisons, Rosaline Bozimo set free 59 prisoners awaiting trial. She warned police against dumping suspected criminals in prisons without making real efforts to prosecute them.[3] In September 2007 Bozimo sacked Agbor Chief Magistrate, Mr. Charles Maidoh based on allegations he had been collecting a N5,000 bribe for each application for bail he granted.[4]

In November 2007, at the All Nigeria Judges Conference, she spoke about the National Judicial Council (NJC), which is charged with monitoring and evaluating judges. After giving a brief history of the NJC and discussing its roles, she gave a very positive appraisal, stating that standards of judicial conduct were now extremely high throughout Nigeria.[5] In October 2007 Bozimo made a strong case for the financial autonomy of the judiciary in Delta State and canvassed for better working conditions for members of the state's judiciary.[6]

In November 2008, Bozimo and Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan approved establishment of sanitation mobile courts to prosecute sanitation offenders in the State.[7] Due to repeated petitions over electoral irregularities, Bozimo appointed Local Government Election Tribunals for three zones of the state, adding a fourth in August 2009.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "The Chief Justice". Delta State Government. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  2. ^ "Delta Gets New CJ". Nigerian Observer. 01/07/2011. Retrieved 2012-01-12.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe/Nigeria: Judicial systems under fire". Legal Brief Africa. 22 December 2003. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  4. ^ Austin Ogwuda (7 September 2007). "Why We Sacked Agbor Chief Magistrate -Delta CJ". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  5. ^ Rosaline Bozimo. "Performance evaluation of Judicial Offices and the role of the National Judicial Council: The Journey So Far.". National Judicial Institute. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  6. ^ "UDUAGHAN PLAN QUARTERS, REGULAR MEDICAL CHECK UPS FOR JUDGES". Office of the Governor of Delta State. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  7. ^ "DSTG Commended for Setting up Sanitation Mobile Courts.". Ministry of Information, Delta state. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  8. ^ Austin Ogwuda (Aug 10, 2009). "Alleged bias: Delta LG election tribunal reconstitued". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-02-23.