Backlog of Cases: Court of Appeal delivers 232 judgments in two weeks, proceeds on vacation

Appeal Court

By Toyin Akinfolajimi

The Court of Appeal had within two weeks delivered about 232 judgements in the various appeals pending before its different divisions nationwide.

This is just as the court indicated its intention to proceed on its annual vacation on July 17 and resume on September 11,2017.

The feat attained in the clearance of the backlog of pending appeals, according to the Media Officer, Sa’adatu Mu‎sa Kachalla was due to the setting up of five task forces by the President of the Court, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa.

According to the PCA, the task forces were set up to ensure that backlog of pending appeals before the various divisions of the court was cleared.

In the letter of posting signed by Justice Bulkachuwa, the task forces were given two weeks each to move round and preside over pending appeals.

The task forces comprised of Justices from less busy Divisions like Makurdi, Ilorin, Yola, Ekiti and Sokoto to reduce the workload in Lagos, Benin, Port Harcourt, Enugu and Abuja which are busier Divisions.

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However at the expiry of the set time, a total of 232 cases were disposed off.

In a document obtained by our correspondent, the breakdown of the figure shows that in Lagos Division, the special Taskforce from the Makurdi Division delivered 85 Judgments, while the special Taskforce from Ilorin Division which sat in Benin Division delivered a total number of 57 Judgments.

The task force from Ekiti which sat in Enugu division delivered 38 judgments.

Justices of Sokoto Division on a rescue mission to Abuja Division during this period gave Judgments in 31 Appeals and struck out two matters while the Justices of Yola Division trashed out 21 pending appeals in Port Harcourt Division.

The Justices of the various Divisions designated to cover the very busy Divisions also sat and delivered judgments in their Divisions of primary posting.