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Court of Appeal unveils new rules

The court of appeal has unveiled new rules (the Court of Appeal Rules 2021) for the appellate court.

The Court of Appeal Rules 2021, was unveiled at the second annual working retreat conference for judges of the appeal court in Abuja.

 With the powers conferred on the President of the Court of Appeal by section 248 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), issued the Court of Appeal Rules 2021 (the “CAR 2021”), which came into force on 01.11.2021 and repealed the Court of Appeal Rules, 2016 (the “CAR 2016”).

The CAR 2021 introduces certain innovations aimed at modernising the Rules of the Court of Appeal and ensuring expeditious disposal of appeals.

Unveiling the new rules, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha said the”CAR 2021″ is an appropriate instrument that would help in the efficient dispensation of justice in the country.

Mr Mustapha while emphasising the importance of justice said efficient justice dispensation was an essential tool for the nation’s development.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN Justice Tanko Muhammad said the appellate court has always served as a link between lower courts and the Supreme Court which had tremendously helped in the quick dispensation of Justice delivery in the country.

The President Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensen said the annual working retreat conference helps judges to share ideas, challenges and work out strategies for better administration of justices.

Justice Dongban-Mensen also called for retraining of the judges as a way of improving and enhancing their service delivery.

Reporting by Tanimu Salihu; editing by Abdullahi Lamino