By Ikechukwu NNOCHIRI, Abuja
High court Judges in the Federal Capital territory, yesterday, identified non-compliance to procedural reforms in the judiciary, as a key factor behind the pendency of several civil matters in court, while tasking legal practitioners on adherence.
In a communiquÃ© issued by the Judges at the end of a 2-days’ stakeholders workshop on the high court civil procedure rules, which held in Abuja, the presiding Judges of the various high courts located within the FCT, maintained that adhering to the several reforms contained in the 2004 practice rules, would not only facilitate the expeditious trial of civil matters, but equally help towards reducing cost of litigation.
The Judges decried that some of the matters bedeviling the courts today could well have been settled out of court, while imploring lawyers to overlook the money they stand to make from dragging matters in court and always encourage their clients to embrace the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) system.
They equally harped on the aspect of the judicial reform that made room for the front-loading of evidences, stressing that it not only simplifies proceedings but aids in quicker resolution of disputes.
The workshop was chaired by the Chief Judge of the FCT, Justice Lawal Gummi and attended by all the presiding Judges in the FCT high courts.