Judicial activities are set to officially commence on Monday across the nation after the Christmas vacation embarked upon by various courts in Nigeria.
Most courts closed for the year on the 20th of December after holding their end of year activities, to reopen on January 7 2022. However, sittings in various divisions of the courts are to commence today, January 10, 2022
The Federal High Court, went on its Christmas vacation Pursuant to the provisions of Order 46, Rule 4 (C) of the Federal High Court (civil Procedures) Rules, 2019
The Supreme Court
The apex court did not embark on a Christmas vacation. However, it observed the public holiday declared by the federal government on December 28 and 29 2021 and January January 3, 2022.
The Supreme Court which is the highest court in Nigeria is the apex court that has its original jurisdiction in any dispute between the Federation and a state or between states. It also has appellate jurisdictions to hear and determine appeals from the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal
The court of appeal, also known as the appellate court, is a court of law that is empowered to hear an appeal of a trial court or other lower tribunal.
The court of appeal did not embark on Christmas vacation but only observed the public holiday declared by the federal government.
The Federal High court
The Federal high court embarked on its Christmas vacation on Monday, December 20, 2021, to resume sittings in all judicial divisions on Monday 10 January 2022.
A circular signed by the Chief Justice of the federal high court, Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, notified the general public about the Christmas vacation which stated the resumption date and list of cases that would be entertained during that period.
The circular noted that during the period of vacation, only matters relating to the enforcement of Fundamental Rights, Arrest or Release of Vessels and matters of National interest will be entertained by the vacation judges.
The National Industrial court
The National Industrial Court embarked on its End of year/Christmas vacation on 17th December 2021 and resumed on Friday, January 7, 2022.
The court released a statement on its verified social media handles announcing the date it’s commencing the Christmas vacation and the date of its resumption.
The National Industrial court adjudicates on matters in connection with labour, employment, trade unions, industrial relations and matters arising from workplaces, the conditions of service, including health, safety, the welfare of labour, employee and worker.
What you should know
A supreme court in any jurisdiction is the highest court within the hierarchy of courts. The decisions of a supreme court are not subject to further review by any other court except by itself.
The Judiciary which is the last hope of a common man is the branch of government responsible for interpreting the laws and administering justice in Nigeria.
The establishment and powers of the Judiciary are enshrined in Section 6 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as Amended).