Osun lawyers boycott courts in protest against astronomical hike in filing fees

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Osun chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Tuesday protested against what they called  sudden and astronomical hike in filing fees at the Osun State High Courts.

The protesting lawyers who dismissed the development as sheer commercialisation of justice in the state deserted court premises Tuesday to force immediate  reversal of the policy.

The protest paralysed both the administrative and litigative activities of the judiciary in the state on Tuesday.

Chairman of NBA, Osogbo branch, Mr Asafa Sanusi, while addressing journalists on the issue condemned the increment, saying it was done in bad faith.

According to him, the jacking up of writ of summon from N4,000 to N40,000 and a divorce petition from N3,000 to N25,0000 is not only unacceptable but arbitrary.

Sanusi added that his colleagues would not attend courts until the state government reverts to the old fees.

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Bar and Bench Watch learnt that the new filing regime was communicated to the members of the bar through a circular signed by the Principal Registrar of the Court, Mr Taiwo Jacob.

Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Biola Odewemimo when contacted for reaction said government would appropriately issue a statement on the issue later.