FG Pushes For More Cases To End At Court Of Appeal

On Thursday, the Federal Government announced its drafting of legislation with the goal of ensuring that the majority of cases in the country reach conclusion at the Court of Appeal, thereby alleviating the workload of justices at the Supreme Court.

In Nigeria, aside from state legislative and National Assembly election disputes, which end at the appellate court, all other legal matters, such as burglary and theft, currently reach finality at the Supreme Court.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), addressed journalists in Abuja, outlining draft legislations aimed at tackling various challenges facing the judiciary, including the judicial appointment process, funding, budgeting, and reducing case resolution times.

Fagbemi emphasized that the adoption of this legislation would be central to the National Summit on Justice, organized in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association and the National Judicial Council, scheduled for April 24 and 25, 2024.

He said, “The National Summit on Justice presents a unique opportunity to collectively tackle the pressing issues hindering the efficient, fair, and people-centered delivery of justice in our nation.

“Furthermore, the summit will deliberate on draft legislations proposed to address specific identified challenges within the justice sector, relating to the judicial appointments process, administration, funding and budgeting for the judiciary, the elimination of delays and inefficiencies in justice delivery and to evolve ways to reduce the amount of time for adjudication of cases, eliminate some of the associated technicalities, and reduce the number of cases getting to the Supreme Court.

“In this regard, we intend to look at a situation where many cases will terminate at the court of appeal to reduce the burden on our noble justices of the Supreme Court.”

He noted that the proposed law would help in achieving a people-centered justice system.

Fagbemi added, “These proposed laws are expected to serve as a catalyst for collective action and provide a guiding framework for relevant governmental institutions at both the national and sub-national levels to establish an effective, efficient, and people-centered justice system.”


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