What will happen to lawyers who delay trial - Lagos CJ

What will happen to lawyers who delay trial - Lagos CJ

- Lagos lawyers have been warned by Justice Opeyemi Oke against delaying cases in courts by filing unnecessary applications

- Oke, chief judge of the state, said any lawyer found guilty of such acts would be fined a minimum of N100,000

- According to the CJ, the fines are contained in the 2019 Lagos court rules put together to fast-track justice delivery and decongest the prisons

Chief judge of Lagos state, Justice Opeyemi Oke, on Thursday, April 25, declared that any lawyer that delays cases in courts would be fined a minimum of N100,000.

Guardian reports that Justice Oke also said that lawyers, who fail to file applications within the time allowed by law, would pay N1,000 for each day they defaulted.

She said the fines were contained in the 2019 Lagos court rules put together to fast-track justice delivery and decongest the prisons.

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The CJ noted that she is not bothered by the legal action since the Bar has the opportunity of sending memorandum on time during the work of the committee that produced the rules.

Justice Oke who spoke at an interactive mentorship session with the law students of the Lagos State University, Ojo, also allayed the fears of female Muslim students over the wearing of hijab during the call to Bar ceremonies.

She stated that such discrimination no longer exist in the state adding that the Body of Benchers has put the issue to rest.

According to her, “There is no more problem. The Body of Benchers has put that matter to rest. The lady, who was denied two years ago had been called to bar."

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Olanrewaju Fagbohun, the vice chancellor of the university, lauded the CJ for honouring the invitation and embarking on various reforms in Lagos judiciary

Prof. Funminiyi Adeleke, dean, faculty of Law, in his vote of thanks, also expressed gratitude to the CJ and appealed to her to continue to make herself available to the university whenever her attention is needed.

Legit.ng recently reported that a Lagos-based constitutional lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, asked a Federal High Court, Abuja, to decide whether due process was observed in the suspension of Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

The lawyer, suing through Registered Trustees of Malcom Omirhobo Foundation, urged the court to declare the said suspension of Onnoghen as unlawful and unconstitutional. In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/109/2019, the plaintiff joined as defendant:

The Attorney General of the Federation, the Senate, National Judicial Council (NJC), Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT), Justice Mohammed Tanko and Onnoghen.

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