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Bayelsa demands establishment of A’court in Yenagoa

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Simon Utebor, Yenagoa

As justices of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, hold two-week special sessions in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, to hear pending appeal cases, the Seriake Dickson-led administration has demanded the establishment of a division of the court in the state.

The government said the establishment of a division of the appellate court in Yenagoa would alleviate the sufferings litigants and lawyers face in accessing justice.

The Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt Division, Justice A.B. Gumel, had on Monday, led other justices to the inaugural session in Yenagoa.

The justices, who would hold special sessions for two weeks, are in the state to hear pending appeals from the various judicial divisions of the state, filed before the appellate court.

It was learnt that there were over 3,000 pending appeals out of which cases from Bayelsa State constituted between 35 and 40 per cent of them.

Apart from the five justices of the court and some of the members of judicial staff, the inaugural session had in attendance the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State, Justice Kate Abiri;  Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Mr Kemasuode Wodu; Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association, Yenagoa branch, Mr Eric Derie; judges in the state, Senior Advocates of Nigeria and scores of lawyers.

In her remarks, Justice Abiri requested for a division of the court to be established in Yenagoa.

She said having a division of the court would minimise the cost of litigation as the court would be within 500 metres away from the trial courts in the state, namely the State High Court, the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court.

On his part, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Kemasuode, re-echoed the request by Justice Abiri, noting that Bayelsa State was largely riverine and that citing a division in Yenagoa would save cost to litigants, who had been going to the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt.

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