Senate President Akpabio Urges Investigation into Judges' Misuse of Ex Parte Orders

Senate President Akpabio calls for NJC investigation into judges' misuse of ex parte orders, proposes reforms to accelerate judicial processes and enhance justice system efficiency.

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Senate President Akpabio Urges Investigation into Judges' Misuse of Ex Parte Orders

Senate President Akpabio Urges Investigation into Judges' Misuse of Ex Parte Orders

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate the alleged improper application of ex parte orders by judges, particularly in political cases. Speaking at the National Summit on Justice 2024 in Abuja, Akpabio urged the NJC to establish clear standards governing the issuance of ex parte orders and impose severe sanctions for violations to deter future abuses.

Akpabio recommended that the NJC conduct regular audits and reviews of ex parte orders to ensure compliance with the established standards. He emphasized the need for ongoing training and education for judges on the ethical and responsible use of judicial discretion in granting ex parte orders.

Why this matters: The misuse of ex parte orders by judges undermines public trust in the justice system and can have far-reaching consequences, especially in politically sensitive cases. Addressing this issue is critical for ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice in Nigeria.

Additionally, Akpabio proposed reforms to the approach to interlocutory appeals in civil cases and the process of obtaining the Attorney General's consent before executing judgments. He suggested that all appeals in civil cases should be taken only after the conclusion of the substantive case, and the requirement for the Attorney General's consent should be changed to a mandatory notification system. These changes aim to accelerate judicial processes and enhance the efficiency of the justice system.

Akpabio expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for the appointment of Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) as the Minister of Justice and acknowledged the efforts of the National Judicial Council and the Nigerian Bar Association in supporting the essential reforms to the justice system. He stressed the importance of collective effort from all stakeholders, including the legislative and executive branches, to implement these reforms and build a justice system fit for the 21st century.

"Delays and seeming lack of access to justice are damaging the justice system," Akpabio noted, highlighting the pressing need for reforms. He called for the integration of technology in Nigeria's justice system to help address delays and backlogs in the courts.

Key Takeaways

  • Akpabio calls for NJC to investigate judges' misuse of ex parte orders, especially in political cases.
  • Akpabio proposes reforms to interlocutory appeals and Attorney General's consent for executing judgments.
  • Akpabio expresses gratitude for Fagbemi's appointment as Minister of Justice and supports justice sector reforms.
  • Akpabio highlights the need to integrate technology in Nigeria's justice system to address delays and backlogs.
  • Akpabio stresses the importance of collective effort from all stakeholders to implement reforms for a 21st-century justice system.