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Senate passes Bill increasing Court of Appeal Justices by 20 to 110 

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The Senate on Tuesday passed an amendment Bill which provides for an increase in the number of Justices of the  Court of Appeal justices from 90 to 110.

The Senate gave the approval after it considered and adopted the report of its Committee on Judiciary,  Human Rights and Legal Matters on the Court of Appeal Act, 2013 (Amendmen) Bill, 2022.

Leading the debate on the report, the chairman of the Committee,  Bamidele Opayemi said “the legislative intent of the amendment is to ensure that the court has the requisite manpower to allow for the creation of more divisions of the court and to bring the court closer to litigants in line with the current realities aimed at expediting dispensation of Justice.

“This is necessary in order to eliminate delay in the justice delivery system, as it relates to the adjudicatory powers of the court in tandem with its appellate jurisdiction.

“This proposed amendment, undoubtedly, is targeted at reducing the workload of the court and enhancing its effective performance.”

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He explained that the committee extended the amendment to other provisions of the bill whereby new clauses, as well as sub-clauses, were introduced in order to address the plethora of issues bordering on the administration of justice, as it relates to the Court of Appeal.

According to Bamidele, one of the salient provisions of the new bill is the aspect that seeks to integrate virtual court proceedings, which, he said, has become an integral part of court proceedings in recent times.

The new amendment also seeks to align the provisions of the extant Act with the provisions of the Nigerian Correctional Services Act and also seeks to formalise the convention of having a five-member panel of justices to hear Election Appeals and issues on appeal that are novel, uncertain and recondite.

After the consideration and adoption of the report, the Bill was thereafter read the third time and passed.

Similarly, the Senate on Tuesday read for the third time and passed the bill seeking to establish Federal Polytechnic, Kabo, Kano state. The bill was sponsored by Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano North)

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