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Published On: Tue, Oct 29th, 2019

FCTA backs establishment of Children/Young persons’ court

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By Stanley Onyekwere

To ensure an efficient justice dispensation system, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has pledged to partner with the FCT High Court for the establishment of a Children and Young Persons’ court in the FCT.
The Administration also pledged support for the High Court in its desire to make Abuja the Centre of Arbitration for local and international contracts.
According to the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello who made the pledge, the FCTA will support the initiatives and innovations of the High Court.
Bello said the move would be beneficial to the FCT considering the volume and importance of the transactions that occur in the nation’s capital.
The Minister commended the FCT judiciary for the innovations brought to FCT court system and processes, especially the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) option.
This, he said has helped in settling many land and property disputes which usually proved to be expensive and time wasting at litigation.
He said: “The Alternative Dispute Resolution approach to resolving matters, which you have often advocated, has helped in settling many disputes in the FCT, especially land and property disagreements which have often proven to be costly and time wasting had they gone to litigation.
“The innovations you have brought to the FCT court system and processes have encouraged many litigants to choose to have their cases heard in the FCT courts when such matters are sometimes outside your jurisdiction.
“This clearly demonstrates the level of confidence the general public has in our court processes here in the FCT.”
In his remarks, the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Usman Bello, urged lawyers to cultivate the habit of doing pro bono work of providing legal services to those who cannot afford to pay the fees.
He said lawyers who engage in pro bono services will be rewarded as he had already introduced a merit award for lawyers who engage in such selfless services in the FCT.
The Chief Judge also assured all residents and visitors of the FCT that all case determinations will be according to merits and supported by the law.
He added that no political, social, economic and other consideration will influence the outcome of any case.

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