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Chief Judge waives default fees in Federal High Court

By Eric Ikhilae, Abuja

The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho has announced the court’s decision to waive default fees for filing of court processes, computation of time for the payment of default fees, among others during the period covered by the strike of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

JUSUN commenced its strike over financial autonomy for the Judiciary on April 6 and suspended it on June 9, 2021.

The Chief Information Officer of the Federal High Court, Catherine Oby Nwandu said, in a statement, that the decision to waive the fees is contained in fresh practice directions issued by the Chief Judge and communicated to all judges of the court.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honourable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filling. of processes.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following practice directions: (1) Computation of time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;

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“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on the computation of time for filling of court processes or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“Applicability: These practice directions shall save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“Citation: These practice directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The practice directions take effect from Tuesday, the 15th day of June 2021.”

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