Edo scraps Customary Court of Appeal

Written by on December 23, 2015

The Edo Government on Tuesday repealed the Act establishing the Customary Court of Appeal in the state. Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who signed the Amendment Bill into law, said that with the development, the judges in the court are automatically transferred to the State High Court, thereby increasing the number of the State high court judges from twenty-four to thirty.

He explained that more judges are needed in the high courts for quick dispensation of justice. The governor noted that it was unthinkable that not less than six thousand cases were hitherto pending before only twenty-four judges of the high court.

Oshiomole said the new high court judges would now have the opportunity of hearing diverse cases and not just the appeals from theoshiomole customary courts and the area courts. He noted that, although, the law requires that the judges be sworn-in, they would retain their seniority.

The governor stressed that the amendment is in the best interest of the state.

He explained that appeals from the area courts and the customary courts would be entertained by judges of the High Courts as assigned to by the Chief Judge.

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