Court Appeal, Abuja

Senate increases Appeal Court justices to 110

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The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill amending the Court of Appeal Act, 2013, to increase the number of justices of the court from 90 to 110.

The passage followed a report presented by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Opeyemi, while presenting the report, told the lawmakers that the intent of the amendment of the Court of Appeal Act was to ensure that the court has the requisite manpower to provide for the creation of more divisions of the court

He said, “The legislative intent of this 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 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.”

 After the presentation, the bill scaled the third reading giving the approval to increase the number of Appeal Court judges from 90 to 110.

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