CJN Cautions Lawyers Against Delaying Cases At Supreme Court

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The Chief Justice of the Federation Justice Walter Onnoghen on Monday warned lawyers not to engage in actions that cause delay of cases at the Supreme Court.

Justice Walter Onnoghen made the disclosure through a statement signed by his special assistant on media, Awassam Bassey, on Monday.

The statement said the warning is aimed at ensuring the speedy resolution of cases at the Supreme Court.

It said lawyers and others involved in the resolution of pending cases must ensure that hearing dates are strictly adhered to and unnecessary adjournments avoided to enhance sppedy dispensation of justice..

Justice Onnoghen’s directive followed his disclosure that cases pending  presently at the Supreme Court may take till 2021 to be resolved, due to enormity of matters still before the court.

“It is pertinent to state that the Supreme Court diary is full with appeals set down for hearing up to the year 2021.

“The situation therefore leaves no room for unnecessary adjournments arising from lack of diligent prosecution, poor preparations or non-appearance by Counsel.

“Accordingly, the Hon. CJN says this means that any matter that is assigned a date must be heard and determined one way or the other on that date.

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