Federal High Court abolishes fees on human rights cases

By Adebisi Oyelere
The Federal High Court has abolished the charging of all forms of fees in relation to human right cases. This is in a bid to encourage the prosecution of human rights cases.
A circular conveying the Court’s new position, issued by an Assistant Chief Registrar (Litigation), Jane Egbo, upon the directive of the Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho, was made public earlier today.
In a circular, titled: Monetary claims and default fees in fundamental right applications, Egbo said he has been directed by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice J. T. Tsoho to inform all Deputy Chief Registrars and Station Registrars that henceforth, monetary claims and default fees in respect of fundamental human right applications should no longer be charged.
It was learnt that before now, applicants in fundamental rights enforcement cases were charged filing fees, among other fees, as applicable in civil cases.
They were also required to pay penalty, where they defaulted in filing processes within the time allowed by the court’s rules.


Ibrahim Sheriff is the Editor of Fresh Insight and former Special Assistant on Media to the Speaker, Kwara state House of Assembly. Although a management science researcher by training, he has over five years experience of practice in Journalism, Public Relations and Communication Strategy. Sheriff holds a Masters Degree in Finance and Bachelors Degree in Banking and Finance from Kwara state University, Malete. He has Certificates in Digital Journalism, Enterprise Creation and Skill Acquisition (ECSA) and Basic Econometrics Data Analysis, as well as Bank of Industry (BoI) Certificate in Business Management. He is also a holder of Diploma in Cooperative Studies from Kwara state Polytechnic, Ilorin.

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