Senate President Akpabio Urges Judicial Reforms to Curb Misuse of Ex Parte Orders

Senate President Akpabio calls for NJC to curb misuse of ex parte orders, proposes reforms to enhance judicial efficiency and public trust in Nigeria's justice system.

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Senate President Akpabio Urges Judicial Reforms to Curb Misuse of Ex Parte Orders

Senate President Akpabio Urges Judicial Reforms to Curb Misuse of Ex Parte Orders

Senate President Godswill Akpabio has called on the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate the alleged misuse of ex parte orders by judges, particularly in political cases. Speaking at the National Summit on Justice 2024 in Abuja, Akpabio emphasized the need for the NJC to implement strict supervision and prompt punishment for erring judges to prevent the abuse of these orders.

Akpabio recommended that the NJC establish clear and specific guidelines governing the issuance of ex parte orders. He also proposed that the council conduct regular audits and reviews of such orders to identify any patterns of abuse and administer corrective measures in a timely manner. "The NJC must exercise stringent oversight to curb the misuse of ex parte orders and establish clear standards governing their issuance, with defined sanctions for violations," Akpabio stated.

In addition to addressing the ex parte order issue, the Senate President advocated for broader reforms in the justice system. These include changes to the handling of interlocutory appeals in civil cases and modifying the process of obtaining the Attorney General's consent before executing judgments. Akpabio believes these steps will accelerate judicial processes and enhance the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the justice system.

Why this matters: The misuse of ex parte orders, especially in politically sensitive cases, can undermine public trust in the judiciary and the rule of law. Implementing the reforms proposed by Senate President Akpabio aims to strengthen the integrity and fairness of the Nigerian justice system, ensuring equal treatment for all citizens.

Akpabio expressed gratitude to President Bola Tinubu for appointing Lateef Fagbemi as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation. He also commended the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association and the National Judicial Council for their dedication and collaboration in the ongoing efforts to reform the justice system. The Senate President emphasized that a united effort among the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches is crucial to building a 21st-century justice system in Nigeria that consistently upholds the rule of law.

Key Takeaways

  • Akpabio calls for NJC to investigate misuse of ex parte orders by judges
  • Proposes NJC establish clear guidelines and audit ex parte orders regularly
  • Advocates broader reforms, including changes to interlocutory appeals and judgment execution
  • Reforms aim to strengthen the integrity and fairness of the Nigerian justice system
  • Akpabio commends Tinubu's appointment of Fagbemi as Justice Minister and AGF