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NOTIFICATION OF WITHDRAWAL OF THE RANK OF SENIOR ADVOCATE OF NIGERIA

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The Legal Practitioner’s Privileges Committee at its 126th General Meeting held on 22nd of June, 2017 considered extensively the complaint filed by the Court of Appeal of Nigeria against B.E.I Nwofor Esq., a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, with his response to same and all material facts and have decided that B.E.I Nwafor Esq., a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, conducted himself in a manner, unbecoming of the holder of the esteemed rank of “Senior Advocate of Nigeria”.

By reason of the forgoing, the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (including its privileges) has been withdrawn from B.E.I Nwofor Esq., forthwith.

 

The statement is signed by the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court and Secretary of the LPPC, Mr. Ahmed Saleh

APPOINTMENT OF TEN (10) ADDITIONAL HIGH COURT JUDGES FOR THE HIGH COURT OF THE FCT, ABUJA

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Following the approval of the Honourable, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council to the Hon.Chief Judge of the FCT High Court to commence the process for the appointment of ten (10) additional Judges for the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Your Lordship are to kindly nominate suitable and qualified candidate(s) practicing within your jurisdiction for consideration for the appointment.

Your Lordship is expected to forward your nomination(s) together with the Curriculum Vitae of each candidate to the office of the Chief Judge of FCT High Court not later than 21st day of July, 2017.

The Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Supreme Court of Nigeria, Abuja

The Hon. President, Court of Appeal, Abuja

The Hon. Chief Judge, Federal High Court, Abuja

The Hon. President, National Industrial Court of Nigeria, Abuja

The Hon. Chief Judge, Abia State, Umuahia.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Adamawa State, Yola.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Akwa – Ibom State, Uyo.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Anambra State, Awka.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Bauchi State, Bauchi.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Bayelsa State, Yenegoa.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Benue State, Makurdi.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Borno State, Maiduguri.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Cross – River State, Calabar.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Delta State, Asaba.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Edo State, Benin City.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Ebonyi State, Abakaliki.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Ekiti State, Ado Ekiti.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Enugu State, Enugu.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Imo State, Owerri.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Gombe State, Gombe.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Jigawa State, Dutse.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Kaduna State, Kaduna.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Kano State, Kano.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Katsina State, Birni-Kebbi.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Kogi State, Lokoja.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Kwara State, Ilorin.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Lagos State, Ikeja.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Nasarawa State, Lafia.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Niger State, Minna.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Ogun State, Abeokuta.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Ondo State, Akure.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Osun State, Oshogbo.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Oyo State, Ibadan.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Plateau State, Jos.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Rivers State, Port-Harcourt.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Sokoto State, Sokoto.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Taraba State, Jalingo.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Yobe State, Damaturu.

The Hon. Chief Judge, Zamfara State, Gusau.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRACTICE DIRECTION ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT 2015

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THE SIGNING OF THE PRACTICE DIRECTION

The chief Judge of the FCT, Hon. Justice I. U. Bello has signed into operation the Practice Direction on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.

The purpose of this Practice Direction is to carry into effect and ensure compliance with the Overriding Objective of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 as expressed in section 1(1) of that Act, particularly in:

  1. Ensuring efficiency and speed in the case management of criminal trials and dispensation of justice,
  2. Protecting the interests and fundamental human rights of the defendant, victim, witnesses and society; particularly the right to fair hearing, and
  3. Ensuring active participation of all parties to focus on matters that are genuinely in issue for trial thereby reducing delays and expense at trials.

The Practice Directions shall apply to all criminal trials in the Magistrates Courts, High Courts, Upper Area Courts and other courts that try criminal cases in the Federal Capital Territory.

In his remarks at the occasion which took place on the 25th day of April at the Ceremonial Court auditorium of the FCT High Court Headquarters Maitama, Hon. Justice I. U. Bello lauded the effort of the Hon. Justice H. Y. Baba led committee for the industry put in the actualization of this dream of the FCT High Court to be ahead in effective and efficient administration of justice.

At the occasion, the Chief Judge also received a donation of a complaint management template designed by J4A (DFID – “Justice for All” Project) for the FCT High Court. It provides information for court users on how to make complaints or feedbacks about the services of the court. The Hon. Chief Judge appreciated the gift and the donors for their thoughtfulness and partnership in effective justice delivery in the FCT.

Present at the occasion are the Attorney General of Bayelsa State and Prof. Yemi George, a member of the monitoring committee on the implementation of the Administration of Justice Act 2015, including the Judges and Magistrates of the FCT Judiciary.

The participants at the occasion were unanimous in their views that it was yet another giant and historic stride in the FCT Judiciary.

KEFFI MEDIUM SECURITY PRISON VISIT BY THE HON. CHIEF JUDGE

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In his effort for a viral and rejuvenated Judiciary in the FCT Abuja,the Hon. Chief Judge Hon. Justice I. U. Bello made a historic visit to the Keffi Medium Security Prison as part of his regular visits to the Prison Facilities in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

In his response to the head of the Prison department address, the Chief Judge hinted that the visit was informed by the Government’s policy on the decongestion of Prisons and speedy dispensation of Justice in the FCT.

However the Chief Judge took time to inspect the Keffi Prison facilities where he expressed his displeasure at the deplorable State of the environment and living condition of the inmates. The prison housed currently about 450 inmates for a facility meant for about 150.
He promised to partner with the Prison authorities to increase on the number of visits and to enhance the speedy trials of awaiting trial inmates who are in majority. Thus he revealed his administration’s effort to create the Nyanya/Karu judicial division soonest to give closer and better access to the Court for Keffi Prison facility.

He noted that the FCT Judiciary under his watch is committed to a better administration of Justice and nation building. As against the constant blame of the delay of Justice on the Judiciary, he frowned at the non-diligent attitude of the prosecution at trials and further warned the Magistrates to henceforth stop entertaining Criminal matters above their Jurisdiction on the popular “HOLDING CHARGE” proceeding.
He attended to about 301 waiting trials inmates from the Medium Security Prison and 21 inmates from the old Keffi Prison. 5 (five) inmates regained their freedom on various considered grounds.

PRISON VISIT

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The Honorable Chief Judge of FCT High Court, Hon. Justice I. U Bello has scheduled a visit to the Medium Security Prison, keffi for 12th January, 2016 at 8:30am.

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