NECESSITY TO ABIDE BY THE COURTS’ RULES OF PROCEDURE
Saheed Afeez Ayinde
The court in this case had lay more emphasis to the purpose of Court Rules and the importance of Court’s personnel to abide by this rules.
The rules of every Court can be likened to the book of custom of which must be enforced and failure to do so is like disregarding same.
Hence, the court rules, ranging from the presiding Judge to the Litigants and their respective counsels must observe this rules. This has been amplified in the cited case below
NESTOIL LTD & ANOR v. Fl DELIS ONUOHA (2011) LPELR 4590 (CA), as per EJEMBI EKO JSC;
Justice in the law Courts is governed by _ and administered in accordance with Rules of procedure known to the counsel and their clients. It is trite that rules of Court are meant to be complied with by all, including the judge presiding in the Court. The purpose of the Rules of Court providing time table for conducting proceedings is for orderliness and certainty in the manner the proceedings will be, and are, conducted, it ensures quick dispensation of justice. Any person who fails to act within the proper time for doing things in the Court of law ought to suffer.
See RATNAM v. CUMARASAMY OurApex Court has held in a number of cases that strict compliance with the rules of Court makes administration of justice quicker. See SOLANKE v. SOMEFUN (1974) 1 ALL NLR 586 at 592 and F.B.N. v. ABRAHAM(2008) 36. 2 NSCQR 1058 at 1076. EJEMBI EKO, J.S.C.:
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