The National Judicial Council NJC has issued Policy Directions on Political and Election Related Cases to Head of Courts in the country.
This is part of concerted efforts to eliminate to the bearest minimum, incidences of issuance of conflicting orders and judgments capable of distrupting the on-going electioneering process.
Under the new direction, Heads of Courts are to be henceforth, held responsible for loopholes in their areas of jurisdictions.
A statement by the NJC Director of Information Mr Soji Oye indicates that the policy direction was formulated at its 98th meeting of 10 and 11 May, 2022 under the Chairmanship of the Chief Justice of Nigeria CJN, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad.
It notes that All suits to which these Policy Directions apply shall be filed, received, or entertained only at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory so far as the relief sought, or potential consequential order (s) or declaration (s) may restrain or compel persons or actions beyond the territorial jurisdiction of any one State;
The statement also discloses that Cross Jurisdiction Litigation Panel (CJLP) shall be constituted to give directions on appropriate litigation for cross jurisdiction litigations:
It further reveals that the
Council considered the list of candidates presented by its Interview Committee and recommended 49 successful candidates for appointment as Heads of Courts and other Judicial Officers in Nigeria.
Similarly, it was indicated that NJC received six notifications of retirements and one notification of death from the Federal and State High Courts.
By Victoria Abah