Posted on Mar 01, 2019
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 274 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as Amended) and Section 89 (1) of The High Court Law, Cap H5, Laws of Lagos 2015 as amended by the High Court (Amendment) Law of 2012 the Chief Justice of Lagos State, Honourable Justice Opeyemi Olufunmilayo Oke ("CJ”) on the 14th of January 2019 issued the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019 (the “2019 Rules”) for application in all civil proceedings in the High Court of Lagos State including part heard matters. By so doing, the High Court of Lagos State (Civil Procedure) Rules 2012 shall cease to apply to all civil proceedings in the High Court of Lagos State effective from the 31st of January 2019.
Likewise, the CJ also issued two (2) Practice Directions namely, Practice Direction No. 1 of 2019 to aid and direct the course of the Backlog Elimination Programme (BEP) and Practice Direction No.2 of 2019 to direct and regulate Pre-Action Protocol.
The Lagos State Judiciary has gained a well-deserved reputation amongst other state judiciaries within Nigeria for proactively introducing novel procedures aimed at achieving timely, cost efficient, resource efficient and most practical justice delivery in civil matters by the Courts whilst also adopting the tools of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in this process.