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NOTICE

Please note that the PERFORMANCE EVALUATION, NATION-WIDE TRAINING EXERCISE which was slated to hold in Edo State on 5th of November, 2018 has been postponed indefinitely as a result of the proposed NLC Nationwide strike action. A new date will be communicated soonest.

 

H. I. Enemaku

Chief Registrar.

 

PUBLIC LECTURE

This is to the inform the general public of the 1st Public Lecture of the Faculty of Law, Benson Idahosa University, Benin City .

Topic: THE ART AND ESSENTIALS OF JUDGEMENT WRITING: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL OF THE JUDGEMENT OF PONTIUS PILATE to be delivered by His Lordship the Hon. the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, FCJEI

 

CHARILOVE IS PUSHING FOR BEST PRACTICES – CHRISTOPHER OMUSI

THE founder and coordinator of charilove centre, Christopher Omusi has said that any individual or government that encourage vote buying and election malpractice does not mean well for the people of this country.

Speaking during the visit of the Edo State chief Judge, Hon Justice Frances lkponmwen who led members of the state Judiciary on their charity walk to charilove centre in Benin City Mr. Omusi said such action result in dare consequences for Nigeria and organs such as charilove in particular and humanity at large.

“I wish to state categorically that any individual or government that encourages and promotes vote buying and election malpractices does not mean well for the people of this country.” Such individual or government is utterly satanic and can only end up creating a society that is utterly deformed and disabled.

I pray that the Judiciary will in the name of God do its best to ensure that people do not drag Nigeria to that awful state; he noted.

He said that for the Edo State Judiciary to find charilove as a place to channel its maiden and historic charity walk is certainly divinely inspired.

“We thank God for using the Edo State Judiciary today to lift up our drooping spirit and to keep our charilove hope alive.”

“Your coming here physically means a whole lot more to charilove than any award from anywhere in the world.

Thank you for coming to help wipe some of our over flowing tears, not essentially for ourselves but for our country Nigeria, he added.

He disclosed that charilove is a needs focused, action oriented and down to earth pragmatic voluntary service organisation.

In his words, charilove is an encapsulation of every idea and approaches that Nigeria needs to copy to be able to make headway and become a truly great nation.

“Charilove believes in action rooted advocacy (do-the talk-by-action) and not in mere rhetoric’s or propaganda.”

Charilove has continued and will, by the grace of God, continue to maintain just one position: If god is to choose to spare our country, Nigeria because of one, two or three upright individuals or groups, we want charilove to be a ready name to be presented by His angels. Staying true to this position is our passion and thus is the spirit that has helped to mold our character, our chosen vocation and our activities, he noted.

He further declared that because of the uncompromising position of charilove in pushing for best practices, the pace setter humanitarian service organisation and those running it have been made to suffer every manner of persecution, isolation, frustration and “rape” consequently, charilove has become stunted and sadly made so by people and by the Nigeria most difficult environment.

“Charilove observations and direct experiences are bringing us to ask one poignant question, “Has It become a crime and tragedy for someone in Nigeria to advocate for and uncompromisingly insist on best practices,” he added.

The Chief Judge of Edo State Justice Frances lkponmwen disclosed that when she thought of the usual charity walk to open the legal year, the lord put it in her heart that we should not just be seen as punishing those who offend in the, society but the judiciary as a whole must also be seen as serving the community and I thought we should pay a visit to project charilove and give a token of what we have.

“We have all come and we have seen, when we are in our little corner we grumble a lot about how hard things are.” But if we move out to see what people are going through, especially children who from no fault of theirs are born with certain disabilities, you will want to stop and think about them, you will want to give to ensure they have a better life, many of them from what I have read, when some people have children with disabilities they lock them in their homes or throw them away from them so that people will not laugh at them.

The mentality of our society is such that when anything happens to anybody, the thinking is that it is because of the evil the person has done.

“As an enlightened arm of the government we should begin to partner with other arms of the society that this children who are born with disability is no fault of theirs and we need to support them.”

 

 

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JUDICIARY AND DISPENSATION OF JUSTICE BY EUBALDUS ENAHORO

THERE are so much politicking going on in the country and the rhetoric and propaganda have been heating up the polity with the general elections barely four months away.

The politicians are busy struggling for power even when it is obvious that most of them do not merit a second chance in the corridors of power.

In Nigeria today, hype on economic and political Issues has kept the populace busy to the extent they forget about the less privileged. For instance there has been public outcry over vote buying which has become prevalent in our elections.

Thus trend is however not new because in the 2015 general election we saw how in the full glare of the security apparatus,  some youths at Ogbe quarters in Benin City made frantic efforts to ensure that voters only cast their votes for their candidates.

A Journalist earned some few slaps from the hoodlums for daring these indian hemp smoking youths when he tried to insist on voting for his own candidate. The problem began when they requested to see who he had voted for before dropping the voter’s card inside the ballot box.

While some persons were made to swallow the bitter pill of accepting the N2,000 cash offered and vote their candidate, those who refused to dance to their tune were disenfranchised because they refused to compromise or sell their votes and conscience. It is then obvious that the vote buying syndrome did not just start With the Osun and Ekiti state governorship election.

We have heard many views on how to curb vote buying and the implications for our democratic journey. However, it is clear that the desperation for power has made some politicians believe that with their ill gotten money they can buy the peoples votes on election day and the highest bidder will take the day. We saw It happen at the party primaries across the states.

In any case, If Nigerians are truly sincere with themselves, especially the  umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, the solution to this vote buying is for them to ensure that the voting pattern is made secret.

Away from politics, there are issues of immense importance, which should take our time and attention and that is reaching out to the less privileged In our midst.

It is sad that some people can afford to spend so much money to seek for power while several persons are wallowing in poverty, deprivation and hopelessness amongst their midst.

It was no doubt in response to meet the plight of the orphans and children with special needs, that the Chief Judge of Edo State, Justice Esohe Frances lkponmwen led the Judiciary in the state on a charity walk to charilove centre to identify with these categories of persons and give a token to them.

In the words of the Chief Judge who was accompanied by Judges, magistrates and other judiciary staff, it was the lord that laid it in her heart to visit the Charliove centre of disadvantaged and marginalized children.

“As I thought of the usual charity walk to open the legal year, the lord put it in my heart that we should not just be seen as punishing those who offend in the society, but the judiciary as a whole must also be seen as serving the community. I then thought we should pay a visit to Project Charilove and give a token of what we have. ‘

“We have all come and we have seen. When we are in our little corner we grumble a lot about how hard things are. But if we move out to see what people are going through, especially children who from no fault of theirs are born with certain disabilities, you will want to stop and think about their plight and give to ensure they have a better life. Many of them from what I have read, when some people have children with disabilities, they lock them in the house or throw them away so that people will not laugh at them. The mentality of our society is such that when anything happens to anybody, the thinking is that it is because of the evil the person has done“

“But as an enlightened arm of the government, we should begin to partner with other arms of the society that this children who are born with disability is no fault of theirs and we need to support them.”

The founder and coordinator of Charilove centre, Christopher Omusi who had earlier condemned the vote buying and election malpractice by politicians noted that such practices does not mean well for the people in the country as such action result in dare consequences for Nigeria and organs such as Charilove in particular and humanity at large.

“I wish to state categorically that any individual or government that encourages and promotes vote buying and election malpractices does not mean well for the people of this country. Such individual or government is largely satanic and can only end up creating a society that is utterly deformed and disabled.

“I pray that the Judiciary will in the name of God do its best to ensure that people do not drag Nigeria to that awful state. I thank Edo state Judiciary for finding Charilove as a place to channel its maiden and historic walk. It is certainly divinely inspired. God has used Edo state Judiciary today to uplift our drooping spirit and to keep our charilove hope alive.

“Your coming here: physically means a whole lot more to charilove than any award from anywhere in the world. Thank you for coming to help wipe some of our over flowing tears, not essentially for ourselves but for our country Nigeria,” he added.

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Hon. The Chief Judge of Edo State, The Hon. Justice Esohe Frances Ikponmwen, FCJEI, has directed that due to the threatened Nationwide strike action by the NLC, the Edo State 2018/2019 Legal Year Ceremonies earlier scheduled to hold 27th and 28th of September, 2018 be rescheduled for the 11th and 12th of October, 2018.

 

All inconveniences occasioned by this reschedule are deeply regretted, please.

 

Signed

Chief Registrar

INVITATION TO CEREMONIES MARKING THE OPENING OF THE 2018/2019 LEGAL YEAR OF THE EDO STATE JUDICIARY

The Honourable the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen, FCJEI, has directed that I respectfully write to inform and invite you to the ceremonies marking the opening of the 2018/2019 Legal Year which is scheduled for Thursday 27th September, 2018 and Friday 28th September, 2018.

The Ceremonies are scheduled as follows:-

27th Sept. 2018                  7:00am – 8:00am            Charity walk from High Court to the Ring Road to visit Project Charilove then back to the High Court.

                                                10:00am – 10:30am        Unveiling and distribution of the New Edition of the Edo State Judiciary Newsreel Magazine, new High Court Civil Court Procedure Rules 2018,

Magistrates Court Rules & Area/District Court Rules followed by inspection of renovation & construction sites.

                                                3:30pm – 5:30pm             Table Tennis & Lawn Tennis tournament at the Judges; Lodge, G.R.A., Benin City.

28th Sept., 2018                 9:30am – 10:45am          An Interdenominational Service to mark the formal opening of the 2018/2019 Legal Year at the High Court Complex, Sapele Road, Benin City.

                                                11:00am – 11:30am         Inspection of Guard of Honour by The Honourable, the Chief Judge of Edo State/Photographs at The High Court Complex, Sapele Road, Benin

City.

                                                12noon – 2:00pm             Special Court Session at High Court 1, Benin City.

 

I respectfully on behalf of the Edo State Judiciary request that you are expected to deliver a speech at the opening ceremony on Friday, the 28th day of September, 2018 after consultation with the Chairmen of Ekpoma, Auchi, Uromi and Igarra Branches.

Accept, the assurances of the esteemed regard of The Honourable the Chief Judge, Please.

 

Yours sincerely,

A. E. Aibaogun (Mrs.),

Chief Inspector,

For: Chief Registrar.

RESUMPTION OF HON. JUDGES OF EDO STATE JUDICIARY

This is to inform the general public of the resumption of the Hon. Judges of Edo State Judiciary from their annual vacation on the 24th day of September, 2018. Normal court activities have since began.

BURIAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR LATE HON. JUSTICE TIMOTHY UKPEBOR OBOH

Friday 13th July, 2018

8:00am – Corpse leavse Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Sapele Road, Benin City for High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City

9:00am – Valedictory Court Session at High Court of Jusice, Sapele Road, Benin City

10:00am – Body leavesHigh Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City to his home town , Ogwa, Esan West Local Government Area, Edo State for interment.

 

Saturday 14th July, 2018

12:00am – Social Dance

 

Sunday 15th July, 2018

09:00am – Thanksgiving service at God’s Fulfilment Bible Church, Benin City.

PRESS RELEASE

DIRECTIONS UNDER ORDER 43 RULE 4(2) OF HIGH

COURT (CIVIL PROCEDURE) RULES 2012:

 ANNUAL VACATION FOR THE YEAR 2018

 

The general public is hereby notified that in compliance with the provisions of the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012, The Honourable Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen has directed as follows:

 

  1. That the Annual Vacation of the High Court of Justice of Edo State shall commence on Monday 30th day of July, 2018 and shall end on Friday the 22nd day of September, 2018 both days inclusive. Full judicial activities would commence on the 25th day of September, 2018.

 

  1. That during the Annual Vacation, there shall be:

 

One vacation Judge in the State who shall sit in Benin Judicial Division, to entertain only urgent civil, revenue and criminal matters.

 

  1. That the matters to be entertained by the Vacation Judge during the period, shall be fresh matters of utmost urgency filed during the Vacation and not connected with matters already pending in the Courts.

 

  1. That the Vacation Judge shall be Hon. Justice M.O. Ighodalo of the High Court of Justice.

 

  1. That cases pending before the regular Courts may however be heard by the leave of the Honourable Judge in charge of that Court and by the consent of Learned Counsel to the parties.

 

 

 

 

Chief Registrar.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI SIGNS BILL GRANTING FINANCIAL AUTONOMY TO STATES JUDICIARY

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday 8th June, 2018 assented to the constitution fourth alteration bill which grants financial autonomy and independence to the Houses of Assembly of the respective states and to the Judiciary of the respective states.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

He said “Therefore, upon this signature, the amounts standing to the credit of the judiciary are to now be paid directly to the judiciary of those states and no more through the governors and from the governors.

“And then the amounts standing to the credit of the Houses of Assembly of the respective states are now to be paid directly to the Houses of Assembly of that state for the benefit of the legislators and the management of the state Houses of Assembly of that state. This grants full autonomy now to the Houses of Assembly and judiciary of states.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: DEATH OF HON. JUSTICE TIMOTHY UKPEBOR OBOH

It is with great sadness that the Edo State Judiciary announces the passing on of His Lordship Hon. Justice Timothy Ukpebor Oboh.

Until his death he was a serving Judge of the Edo State Judiciary sitting at High Court 1 Auchi.

This is a great loss to the Edo State Judiciary. Our though and wellwishes go out to his family and friends.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION IN HONOUR OF HON. JUSTICE A. EDODO-ERUAGA

The Honourable the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen on behalf of the Edo State Judiciary cordially invites the general public to the Valedictory Court Session in honour of Hon. Justice A. Edodo-Eruaga.

Date: 29th June, 2018

Time: 10am

Venue: High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City.

R.S.V.P:   H. I. Enemaku Esq (Chief Registrar)

VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION IN HONOUR OF HON. JUSTICE J. U. OYOMIRE

The Honourable the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E. F. Ikponmwen on behalf of the Edo State Judiciary cordially invites the general public to the Valedictory Court Session in honour of Hon. Justice J. U. Oyomire.

Date: 22nd May, 2018

Time: 1pm

Venue: High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City.

 

R.S.V.P:   H. I. Enemaku Esq (Chief Registrar)

 

RETREAT

This is to inform the general public that the Hon. Judges of the Edo State Judiciary will be on a 5 day retreat from the 23rd – 27th April, 2017. To this effect, there will be no seating in all High Courts in the state for the period of the retreat.

 

Edo State Governor swears in new Honourable Judges

The Edo State Governor Godwin Nogheghase Obaseki on Monday 16th April, 2018 swore in two new Honourable Judges into the Edo State Judiciary.

The two newly sworn in judges are Hon. Justice Orobosa Omotoso and Hon. Justice Aigbona Terry Momodu.

Speaking at the occasion, Gov. Godwin Obaseki said that his administration remains committed to strengthening the state judicial system for optimal justice delivery and sustenance of the democratic process.

He said:  “We realise that without an effective judicial system it will be impossible to practise our democracy.

We are proud of the reputation of the entire judiciary in the Edo State for its independence, integrity and its industry.

We constantly celebrate the fact that at a certain time when allegations were being regularly made regarding judges, our judiciary remained well respected and scandal-free”

He expressed optimism that the newly sworn in judges would build on the legacies left behind by their predecessors.

Hon. Justice Orobosa Omotoso, in her response, commended the Governor for his administration’s resolve to re-position the state judicial system.

She pledged the commitment of the new judges to discharge their duties to the best of their abilities.

Hon. Justice Orobosa Omotoso was born in 1967 and called to the bar in 1989, while Hon. Justice Aigbona Terry Momodu, also born in 1967, was called to the bar in 1991.

EDO STATE MULTIDOOR COURT, SENSITIZATION / PUBLIC AWARENESS PROGRAMME

On behalf of the Honourable the Chief Judge/Chairman of the Governing Council of the Edo State Multidoor Court, the general public is hereby invited to a sensitization/public awareness programme designed to engage various stakeholders on the services offered by the Edo State Multidoor Court and the benefit of exploring the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism.

The Edo State Multidoor Court was recently established to provide enhanced access to justice through a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes aimed at supplementing litigation with other effective methods that are generally faster, cheaper and less adversarial.

The programme is scheduled to hold on Tuesday 30th January, 2018, 2018 at the Imaguero College Hall, Sapele Road Benin City at 10 a.m.

 Your esteemed presence will be highly appreciated.

 

EDO STATE JUDICIARY HOLDS VALEDICTORY COURT SESSION IN HONOUR OF LATE ANDREWS OTUTU OBASEKI JSC (Rtd.) CON, CFR

The Edo State Judiciary will hold a valedictory court session in honour of Late Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) CON, CFR, on Thursday the 17th of August 2017.

The Late Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) was born on the 11th day of June 1926 to late Chief Gaius I. Obaseki, C.B.E, the Iyase (Traditional Prime Minister) of Benin and late Mrs. Imazogbonre O. Obaseki.

The Late Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) attended Government School, Benin City from 1932-1936, Edo College Benin City from 1937-1940, Hope Waddel Training Institute Calabar 1940-1942, School of Agriculture, Moor Plantation, Ibadan 1943-1945, Reading University, England 1945-1948, London School of Economics (LSE) 1948-1951, Council of Legal Education, London 1949-1952.

He started his career in the legal profession as staff solicitor of Nigeria Building Society 1957-1958 and thereafter appointed a President, Benin Divisional Grade A Customary Court 1958 and was the supervising authority of Customary Court below Grade A; Benin, Ishan, Asaba and Afemai Division from 1960-1963.

He was appointed, Chief Registrar of High Court of Mid-Western Region from 1963-1964, Judge of the High Court in the Mid-Western Nigeria 1964-1975, Acting Chief Justice of Mid-Western State Judiciary, April to November 1970 and August to November 1974.

He was appointed as Acting  Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from October 9th 1975. By January 1st 1977, he became a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria till June 11th 1991. He was a member of the Body of Benchers from 1976-1991 and a Life Member, Body of Benchers from March 1989 till his death.

During his career at the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) was the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, July 31st 1987 to September 3rd 1987; September 19th 1988 to October 19th, 1988; April 1st 1990 to May 3rd, 1990.

The Eminent Jurist was a man of many parts, he was honoured with many awards. Until his death,  Andrews Otutu Obaseki J.S.C (Rtd) was THE Obaseki of Benin Kingdom.

Press Release

EDO STATE JUDICIARY

OFFICE OF THE CHIEF REGISTRAR

(ADMINISTRATION DIVISION)

HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE

BENIN CITY

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

DIRECTIONS UNDER ORDER 43 RULE 4(2) OF HIGH COURT (CIVIL PROCEDURE) RULES 2012: ANNUAL VACATION FOR THE YEAR 2017

The general public is hereby notified that in compliance with the provisions of the High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012, the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice E.F. Ikponmwen has directed as follows:

  1. That the Annual Vacation of the High Court of Justice of Edo State shall commence on Monday 24th day of July, 2017 and shall end on Friday the 15th day of September, 2017 both days inclusive. Full judicial activities would commence on the 18th day of September, 2017.
  2. That during the Annual Vacation, there shall be:

          One vacation Judge in the State who shall sit in Benin Judicial Division, to entertain only                         urgent civil, revenue and criminal matters.

  1. That the matters to be entertained by the Vacation Judge during the period, shall be fresh matters of utmost urgency filed during the Vacation and not connected with matters already pending in the Courts.
  2. That the Vacation Judge shall be Hon. Justice A.N. Erhabor of the High Court of Justice.
  3. That cases pending before the regular Courts may however be heard with the leave of the Hon. Judge in charge of that Court and by the consent of learn Counsel to both parties.

H. I. Enemaku Esq.,

Chief Registrar.

ADVERTISEMENT

EDO STATE JUDICIARY
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF REGISTRAR
HIGH COURT OF JUSTICE
BENIN CITY

ADVERTISEMENT

Members of the Public are hereby invited to tender for the underlisted items as items required by the Edo State Multi door courthouse. Interested applicants are to bid for the following items.

  1. Computers and all Accessories
  2. Photocopy machines
  3. Projector
  4. Flat screen T.Vs
  5. Generators (15KVA)
  6. Ox Standing Fans
  7. Ceiling Fans
  8. Swivel Chairs
  9. Executive Office Chairs
  10. Executive Office Table
  11. Single Office Chairs
  12. Book Shelves
  13. Paper Shredder
  14. Standing Mirrors
  15. Executive Cushion Chairs

Interested bidders are expected to come with the following:-

  • Evidence of registration with the Edo State Public Procurement Agency.
  • Evidence of Registration with the Ministry of Works.
  • Recent Tax Clearance Certificate for 3 years(2015, 2016 85 2017).
  • Certificate of Incorporation.
  • Evidence of past job done.
  • Bank Statement for the past one year.

Further information Will be supplied by the Chief Works Superintendant (B&M), Administration and Supply Department, High Court of Justice, Sapele Road, Benin City.

Tenders should reach this office, not later than two weeks from the date of this advertisement.

 

H.I. EnemakuEsq.

Chief Registrar.

 

 

Stop the Use of Miss, Mrs, or Ms in Court – CJN Tells Female lawyers

*Esquire title for lady lawyers in Nigeria

Chief Justice of Nigeria Walter Samuel Nkanu Onnoghen in open court today at the Supreme Court advised lawyers to stop the use of Miss/Mrs/Ms for female lawyers appearing in court. That Esq should rather be for announcing apperance with no other title.

This came about in two cases where female lawyers announced thier presence in court and added Mrs to it.

The Hon. Chief Justice also advised that where there are more than one person appearing, without title there should be introductory appellation- Messr wether female or male. But when only one person, name the person and use Esq whether female or male.

Renowned professor of Law, Prof. Ernest Ojukwu, SAN applauds the bold opinion of the CJN on his decision that the use of Miss/Mrs should not be used in court.

“This opinion is in accord with human rights. I have advised judges in the past that insisting that women should indicate if they are Miss, Mrs or Ms is discriminatory and debasing especially in the way the judges ask the questions”, Prof said.