By Innocent Anaba
LAGOS—The two suits by some senior lawyers before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, seeking a scrap of the award of the rank of Senior Advocates of Nigeria, SAN, and the constitutionality of the Legal Practitioners Act, LPA, were, Thursday, adjourned till October 21.
Trial judge, Justice Mohammed Idris, granted an adjournment following an application by Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, led counsel to the plaintiffs over the state of the court room, which he said was not fit for good academic exercise.
He argued that the adjournment will help decongest the over-filled small court room, which forced lawyers and litigants to stand outside while proceedings lasted.
Braithwaite had arrived the court with other lawyers at 9am but waited for the commencement of the case, which was delayed by the judgments delivered by the judge and the presence of some senior advocates in court.
At yesterday’s proceedings, the defendants were all represented in court.
The senior lawyers led by Pa Tunde Gomez had at the last adjourned date, urged the court to reverse the recent award f the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, on some legal practitioners in the country, contending that the reversal became necessary so as to protect the sanctity of the court before who a case is pending, challenging the constitutionality of LPA, the law guiding the award of SANrank.
Braithwaite, who led a group of lawyers for the plaintiffs, had then told the court that the defendants deliberately stayed away from the court despite the service of court’s processes on them.
According to him, although all the defendants were served with court documents, they proceeded to perform the acts which the suit challenged, contending that the steps leading to the recent announcement of a new set of SAN were in disregard of the condition precedence, which was the need to first subject the process to a thorough review, as agreed at the last Nigerian Bar Association, NBA national conference in Kaduna.