NBA fires courts on hasty decision making

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NBA fires courts

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has cautioned courts against being hasty in their decision-making.

It stated that the courts must exercise extreme prudence in order to avoid chaos and a loss of public confidence in the judiciary.

The NBA stated in a statement that it will soon get Certified True Copies (CTC) of the FHC proceedings and processes filed in the matter so that it could take a stance.

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The Nigerian Bar Association also encouraged Nigerians, particularly attorneys, to avoid using indecent language to describe verdicts and/or judges.

“The NBA must emphatically state that all courts must act in accordance with the dictates of the law and with regard to justice in order to prevent the breakdown of law and order that is certain to occur when the generality of Nigerians loses faith in the court system,” the statement reads in part.

“The NBA wishes to appeal to Nigerians, particularly legal practitioners, to refrain from using indecent language to describe court judgments and/or judges.”

“Our profession’s principles of professional conduct and ethics require us to treat our courts and judges with the highest respect.

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“We must emphasise that there are legal and constitutional avenues for challenging unfavourable judgments and lawyers, and Nigerians in general are encouraged to pursue these avenues rather than resorting to unwarranted and counterproductive attacks on judges and the judiciary.”

“With this in mind,

“I’ve already spoken to one such senior lawyer who, in the aftermath of the judgement, issued and published certain derogatory statements about Justice Evelyn Anyadike’s character, which he has since retracted.”

“The NBA has also noted some of the complaints about the judgement and its consequences, which include not just the substance, which critics accuse of conflating that cadre of government officials known as political appointees – and the subject of the vexed Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act – with public officers within the meaning of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” according to the NBA (as amended).

“We’ve also taken note of the case’s unusual circumstances, particularly the lightning speed with which the case, which was filed on March 8, 2022, was heard and decided on March 18, 2022.”

“While it is true that justice delayed is justice denied, and while we have long lamented the delays that ordinary litigants face in determining their rights and obligations before our courts, it is also true that justice rushed is justice crushed, especially in cases of public interest like the one at hand.”

“NBA will immediately apply to the Federal High Court in Umuahia for certified copies of the judgement, the process filed, and the record of proceedings in the case, and then decide on the next appropriate steps.”

“In the meantime, we urge Nigerians in general, and lawyers in particular, to exercise restraint and decorum in making public comments about these significant legal developments.”

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