The Edo State Judiciary is an off-shoot of the British Colonial Government. It came into existence in the year 1963 soon after Mid-west Region of Nigeria with Hon. Justice Stephen Peter .J. Thomas as the pioneer Chief Justice as they were then called. Mid-west Region was carved out of the defunct Western Region of Nigeria and was later renamed Bendel State (now defunct) and split into Edo and Delta States of Nigeria in the year 1991. Section 270(1) of the 1979 constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria, provides that there shall be a High Court in each State of the Federation.
The Edo State Judiciary comprises of the Civil Division, Criminal Division, Customary Court Division, Family Court Division, Multi-door Court House and the Election Petition Tribunal. Read more
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The Edo State Judiciary interfaces and collaborates often with other arms of Government, several MDAs and international bodies in the discharge of equity and justice.