By Adebisi Onanuga
HENCEFORTH, court registrars who failed to notify counsels of dates their matters will be holding will face disciplinary action, the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba has said.
The warning was handed down in a circular, reference LASJ/312455/VOL. XXV1/69, and dated January 21, 2021.
It was titled: “Notice to all Court Registrars” and signed by Chief Registrar, Mrs Busola Okunuga on behalf of the Chief Judge.
It stated: “The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem O. Alogba has directed that whenever the court will not be sitting, all Court Registrars must notify counsel and parties involved in the matter via SMS (text/email) or both not less than 48 hours before the date the matter is slated for.
“Note that failure to comply with this directive will be met with stern disciplinary action.”
In a related development, Justice Alogba has ordered the relocation of some vital department in the Lagos Judiciary to improve service and quicken justice delivery.
The relocation followed the vandalisation, looting and burning of the entire Court House of the Lagos High Count, Igbosere during the EndSARS protest.
A circular reference LASJ/312455/VOI.XXVI/70, dated January 21, 2021 and signed by the Chief Registrar, Mrs Busola Okunuga said major sections and departments of the High Court have been temporarily relocated to Ikeja High Court and Tafawa Balewa Square (Annex of the Lagos High Court).
Details of the new arrangement showed that the Litigation Section formerly at Igbosere has been relocated to Tafawa Balewa Square (Annex) Lagos while the office of the Deputy Sheriff, Igbosere has been relocated to Rosaline Omotosho Court House, Ikeja
The Probate Registry of Igbosere, on the other had has been relocated to lkeja High Court by Polaris Bank Building while the official Receiver’s office has relocated to Tafawa Balewa Square (Annex), Lagos
The circular sought the cooperation of uses of the court on the temporary measures developed to ease justice delivery.
It also expressed appreciation to the public for their support during the trying period of the Lagos State Judiciary.
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