Ogun launches customary Court of Appeal rules

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Fasilat Oluwuyi

The Ogun State judiciary has unveiled its customary court rules to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the state.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that the court of appeal rules 2020 was unveiled on Monday at the Ogun State High Court Conference hall, Isabo in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Judge of the State, Justice Monsunmola Dipeolu congratulated the President and other members of the court for the landmark achievement.

The Chief Judge who was represented by Hon. A.A Akinyemi also assured the court of continued support in the administration of justice.

She stressed that the state is looking forward to a greater heights for the court in the state.

Akinyemi who was also the guest speaker at the ceremony, noted that the court of appeal rules is a landmark achievement not only for the judiciary but the entire people of Ogun state.

He lauded the achievements of the court, adding that the court has been quite visible within the short period of existence.

Akinyemi said the court of appeal rules are made solely to ensure speedy and efficient dispensation of justice.

He noted that those who take customary court for granted do so out of sheer ignorance.

His words, “Customary court has always been the strongest components among the source of the Nigerian law. It is an integral part and existence of the lives of the people.

“We can not rule out the fact that the customary court are the closest to the citizenry because they deal with matters that are connected to the personal lives of the people at the grass root level.

“The overriding objective of the rules is that they shall be directed towards the dispensation of justice, efficient, effective and speedy dispensation of justice.”

In his address, the President of the customary court of appeal, Honourable Mobolaji Ojo disclosed that despite the COVID-19 pandemic the court has delivered 21 contested judgments and rulings within the first six month of its existence.

Ojo said that the customary court of appeal rules is a product of insightful and intense brainstorming sessions by learned members of the bar.

He said, “The process of compiling the rules commenced shortly after the inauguration of the court but was hampered by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Ojo expressed appreciation to God for making the dream a reality. He also thanked the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun for approving the constitution.

Also, the court President appreciated the Chief Judge , Hon.Monsunmola Dipeolu for midwifing the birth of the court and as well as the Attorney General of the State , Hon. Adeniran Akingbolahan and other members of the bar for their support.

While speaking with newsmen, Ojo said the rules became necessary as a result of no rules available when the court came on board.

He added, “Before now under the transitional arrangements, counsel or lawyers, were relying on the high court of Ogun State civil procedure rules which is allowed but now we have our own rules of procedure that is the advantage of this launching we did today.

“The rules became necessary because it’s a specialized court by the time we came on board there were no rules.

“The law provides that the president of the court shall make the rules for the court when the court was constituted there was no when the court was initially established there was no rules there was no President so there was nobody on ground to make rules. When we were inaugurated, we set machinery in place to produce rules that we guide the court”

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