The Supreme Court has commenced publishing its cause list for up to three months per time on its website, www.supremecourt.gov.ng. According to a statement from the Supreme Court, this follows the directive by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) , Justice Samuel Onnoghen. The CJN also directed that all cases be heard of fixed date. The new practice is a departure from the former practice where the court only published weekly cause list and the Rulings on Applications from Chamber Sitting on the said website. The policy, according to the statement signed by Awassam Bassey, senior special assistant to the CJN on media, is deliberately targeted at the speedy dispensation of justice and its publication to encourage counsel to take advantage of the initiative and prepare adequately ahead of hearings in order to avoid any delays. The CJN remarked that the Supreme Court diary is replete with appeals set down for hearing up to the year 2021.
According to him, the appeals would be heard and judgements delivered as necessary and in accordance with the Rules of the Court, leaving no room for unnecessary adjournments arising from lack of diligent prosecution, poor preparations or non-appearance by counsel.
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