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12/01/2015 - 14:10

A NEW CHIEF REGISTRAR FOR THE HIGH COURT OF THE FCT

The FCT Judicial Service Committee has recently appointed Barrister Babangida Hassan as the new Chief Registrar of the FCT High Court and he assumed office 16 November, 2015. Until this appointment he was the Director Area Courts in the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal since 2013.

His career in the FCT Judiciary started at 1990 as a Court Registrar with a Diploma in Law. He later went back to school for a Degree in Law (LLB), graduated 1997 and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School. He was called to Bar 1999 and resumed duty as the FCT High Court. After 21 years of service he was transferred to the FCT Sharia Court of Appeal to work in various capacities for 5 years before he was later returned to his initial base as Chief Registrar.
Barrister Babangida Hassan is happily married with Children.

11/26/2015 - 13:57

JUDICIARY GAMES

Competition for CJN’s cup was recently concluded in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.The tournament was between the different organs of the judiciary in the federation. Participants took two weeks competing in different events, among whom were the FCT Judiciary Sports Club, Federal High Court Sports Club, Supreme Court Sports club, Court of Appeal Sports club, Industrial Court Sports Club, and that of the host state. The FCT Judiciary contingents were however only involved in Football, Table Tennis, Volley ball, Athletics among other events.

11/26/2015 - 13:27

STAFF POSTING

The Office of the Chief Registrar, F C T High Court have recently reorganized and approved new staff postings to optimize efficiency. This is in line with new resolve of putting round ball in the round hole to speed up operations. All staff members redeployed have with immediate effect assumed duty at their new posts. They were however urged to put in more effort to enable the court continue to enjoy the goodwill of the general public. On the same note, patrons of the court were enjoined to cooperate more with staff when in need of service.

11/26/2015 - 12:57

ALL NIGERIA JUDGES CONFERENCE

All Judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory are on leave as a result of the Conference holding at the National Judicial Institute. This signifies that all cases are on hold until they finally resume. The conference is to last for five days, from 23rd November , 2015 to 27th November, 2015. They will officially resume duty Monday, 30th November, 2015.

11/26/2015 - 12:54

MANAGEMENT TACKLES STAFF UNRULY ATTITUDE

The management was informed that staff of the Court were in the habit of passing through the basement (by judges car park) to Hon. Justice L.H.Gummi square. This notice is to inform all concerned that the basement is a restricted parking area for Hon. Judges of the court and must not turned into a public access route. Hence, disciplinary action awaits defaulters from now on.

11/25/2015 - 15:48

E-LIBRARY FINAL TRAINING

Library staff of the court are undergoing training on the final phase of the e-library platform. As soon as it is completed they would be proudly joining other world bodies in providing state of the art service.

The e-library is supposed to increase easy access to knowledge to all patrons. It is a library that clients could reach from their offices and the comfort of their homes. The e-library was worked out for the court by Jehata Nigeria Ltd, who are ones taking the library staff through.

The e-library would be taking up soon and, like every other library, should continue to grow to meet the ever growing needs of its target community.

With this therefore, management had pledged its continuous support to meet, within its financial might, any growing need of the library.

To this end, the library managers called on all members of the court community and friends of the library to make the best use of this facility for a speedy administration of justice. Also, clients are enjoined to come up and forward any new ideas that would improve the facility for a more enhanced service.

11/07/2014 - 12:21

NBA HONOURS CHIEF JUDGE OF THE FCT
The Unity Bar (Abuja Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association) held its annual Lecture of 2014 in honour of the Chief Judge of the FCT High Court and Chairman, FCT Judicial Service Committee, Hon. Justice I. M. Bukar.

The occasion was held on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at the Ceremonial Court, High Court of the FCT and title of the lecture was ELECTORAL PROCESS AND COURTS IN NIGERIA: THE IMPLICATIONS ON LAW AND DEMOCRACY.

The lecture was delivered by Mrs Boma Ozobia, immediate past president, Commonwealth Lawyers Association and the occasion was witnessed by many Hon. Judges of the Court, magistrates, prominent members of the Bar and other stake holders in justice administration in the FCT.

11/04/2014 - 08:06

FCT HIGH COURT GETS NEW DEPARTMENTS
The Hon. Chief Judge High Court of the FCT, Justice I. M. Bukar has broadened the management base of the court by creating 6 additional departments. They are: Pension Services, Internal Audit, Special Duties, Procurement, Training & Development and finally Reform. Also, litigation department has been split into Civil and Criminal litigation Departments.

09/10/2014 - 08:03

THE 2014/2015 LEGAL YEAR
Programme of events commenced with Special prayers at the National Mosque, Abuja on Friday, 12th September 2014 and special church service at the National Ecumenical Center, Central Business District, Abuja on Sunday, 14th September 2014.

The grand finale took place on the 18th September 2014 with a special court session at the ceremonial court, High court of FCT, Maitama, Abuja.

The occasion was chaired by the Hon. Chief Judge and Chairman FCT Judicial Service Committee, Hon. Justice I. M. Bukar.



The creation is to serve the ever increasing demand of FCT court users and that took effect from the 27th October, 2014.

08/04/2014 - 08:02

HON. JUDGES’ 2013/2014 VACATION
The Hon. Judges of the High Court of the FCT have commenced their 2013/2014 vacation (4th August – 15th September). However, Hon Justice O. O. Goodluck and Hon. Justice M. Balami are the vacation judges for that period.

09/20/2013 - 12:57

The Acting Chief Judge of FCT High Court, Hon. Justice I. M. Bukar was at the National Assembly last Friday, 20th of September 2013. He went to the Senate Committee on Judiciary for screening as is customary before an eventual confirmation as Substantive Chief Judge. He was accompanied by Hon. Justice M. N. Oniyangi, Hon. Justice D. Z. Senchi, Hon. Justice S.B. Belgore, Hon. Justice A. B. Mohammed, Hon. Justice U. A. Musale and the Ag. Chief Registrar of the Court. The whole exercise went on successfully.

05/23/2013 - 15:53

A NEW ACTING CHIEF JUDGE SWORN IN
Hon. Justice Ibrahim M. Bukar was on Thursday 23rd May, 2013 sworn in as the Acting Chief Judge of the High Court of the FCT.
The swearing in took place at the conference room of the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria in the presence of prominent judicial officers, Attorney General of the Federation/Minister of Justice, Chief Registrars of FCT High Court, Supreme Court, Directors of the FCT High Court, members of the Bar and other well-wishers.
Hon. Justice Ibrahim M. Bukar is the most senior judge in the court and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1981 in Lagos. He took up appointment as an Hon. Judge of the FCT High Court 1992. He hails from Borno State and married with children and has since assumed duty.

05/13/2013 - 15:53

CJ RETIRES
The Chief Judge of the High Court of the FCT, Justice L. H. Gummi retired from service on the 13th of May 2013. He assumed a new position as the Emir of Gummi in Zamfara State, Nigeria on the 14th of May, 2013.

02/25/2013 - 09:21

WIDER STAKEHOLDERS’ CONFERENCE ON SPEEDING UP CRIMINAL JUSTICE DELIVERY IN THE FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY

PRAWA in conjunction with J4A (Justice for All) organized a conference that brought together all the institutions in criminal justice delivery in the FCT to deliberate on the ways to remove the clog in the wheel of criminal justice progress.

The conference was part of a packaged intervention project by DFID aimed at enhancing diligent and high quality investigation, attendance of witness in criminal trials, attendance of remand persons to court, efficient and speedy management of court proceedings, coordination and monitoring within justice sector and quality legal representation for remand persons.

Since the intervention could not possibly attend to all the issues that hinder criminal justice delivery, focus would be on those identified as priority aspects. They include; costs of logistics, personnel training, provision of basic working tools, fostering of inter, intra and multi agency cooperation/coordination, record keeping and tracking of cases, aiding effective witness protection facilities, among others.

The occasion was attended by most of the stakeholders. The FCT High Court was represented by a powerful delegation led by the Hon. Chief Judge, Justice L.H.Gummi (OFR). Others included the representative of the FCT Commissioner of Police, representative of the Executive Chairman EFCC, representative of the Director of Public Prosecution, representative of the Comptroller General of Nigeria Prison Service, the Comptroller of Prison, FCT Command, Executive Director of PRAWA, representative of the Unity Bar, representative of the Chief Executive Officer of NAPTIP and the Program Manager of Justice for All Programme Nigeria.

On the issue of inter-agency cooperation, the Hon Chief Judge of FCT pointed out that already a committee comprising of all players exists, except the new comers such as the ICPC, EFCC, and NAPTIP. However, it was agreed that the committee would be expanded to include them, committee meetings would be more regular and attendance by heads of the organizations very necessary. Similarly, all participating institutions promised support to the project and the desire to do more in order to quicken the pace of criminal justice delivery.

02/23/2013 - 19:19

1st BAR AND BENCH GOLF COMPETITION

On Saturday February 23, 2013 history was made at the IBB International Country and Golf Club Abuja as the first ever Bar and Bench Golf Competition in Nigeria took place at the instance of the Hon. Chief Judge of the FCT, Justice L. H. Gummi (OFR). The event, an instant success, was conceived to better the working relationship between members of the justice system.

The representatives of the Bench included Hon. Justice D. Memsen JCA, Hon. Justice Ibrahim Auta, Hon. Justice L. H. Gummi, Hon. Justice M. N. Oniyangi, Hon. Justice I. Akanbi, Hon. Justice A. S. Umar, Hon. Justice P. O. Affen and Hon. Justice A. B. Mohammed. They were supported by the powerful presence of Hon. Grand Kadi, Sharia Court of Appeal FCT, Hon Justice Muhammad Shehu and other well entertained Hon. Judges of the High Court, Kadis of the Sharia Court of Appeal, Hon. Judges of the FCT Customary Court of Appeal, Ag. Chief Registrar High Court, Secretary FCT-JSC, Directors of the High Court and some Magistrates.

The Bar was equally well represented by amiable members of Silk including J. E. Gadzama SAN, Chief Alex Ezinyon SAN, Gen. I. B. M. Haruna and a host of others. They were equally supported by several members of the bar.

The program started 9.00am with the game and came to a finish with a presentation of trophies from 7.00pm to 8.30pm. At the presentation, all speakers applauded the initiative of the Hon. Chief Judge of the FCT and thanked him for a wonderful experience and in response, the initiator and with concurrence of the Hon. Chief Judge of Federal High Court pledged to make the activity an annual tradition.

Finally, Captain of the Club, Mr. Tony Azogu , who chaired the occasion, gave commendations to the organizing committee for careful planning and masterly execution in spite of the challenges witnessed. The committee comprised of Hon. Justice M. N. Oniyangi (Chairman), Hon. Justice A. S. Umar, Hon. Justice A. B. Mohammed, Chief J.K.Gadzama SAN, Chief Alex Ezinyon SAN and Gandi Umar Muhammad mni (Secretary).

02/19/2013 - 17:00

PRISON VISIT

The Hon. Chief Judge of the FCT, Justice L. H. Gummi (OFR) on February, 19, 2013 visited Kuje Prison, to exercise the powers conferred on him by the Criminal Justice (Release from Custody) Special Provisions Act.

Under the Act, the Chief Judge can release inmates whose detention he considers manifestly illegal, who had stayed longer than the time for which even if convicted for the crimes they are standing trial would have served their terms, on health grounds, on detention for ill-defined matters unknown to law such as staying late night, abatement and on humanitarian grounds.

On that eventful day, 11 (eleven) inmates were discharged and the Hon Chief Judge was accompanied by other Hon. Judges of the court, the Chief Registrar, Directors and Magistrates of the Court, the representative of the Director of Public Prosecution, representatives from the public Complaints Commission, the National Human Rights Commission, the NBA FCT Chapter, representative of the FCT Police Command, members of the press and other concerned institutions.

01/29/2013 - 21:14

SWEARING IN CEREMONY OF NEWLY ELECTED EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF THE UNITY BAR

The new leadership of the Unity Bar led by Mr. U. M. Yammah was inaugurated at the Ceremonial Court of the FCT High Court and the occasion was witnessed by a large crowd of members of the bench and the bar.

In the remarks of the Hon. Chief Judge, High Court of the FCT, Justice L. H. Gummi (OFR) at the occasion, he commended the past EXCO under the stewardship of Mazi Afam Osigwe on their ability to manage and resolve internal squabbles without injury to integrity. He appreciated their efforts in taking the association to greater heights and challenged the incoming ones on not only harvesting well on the seed sown but also on setting new positive standards.

The Hon. Chief Judge continued by bringing up the biological relationship between the bar and the bench, the necessity of cementing the existing cordial working relationship and the responsibility of the legal profession in protecting the integrity of the judicial system when attacked. Also, he pointed out that the damaging allegation of slow pace of proceedings could be considerably addressed by cooperation and unity of purpose from both ends.

The Hon. Chief Judge further revealed that in trying to enhance speedy administration of justice the court had embarked on a radical transformation of its systems through computerization and digitization. The e-filing platform is active and the e-library would soon be ready. He called on lawyers to take advantage of these instruments from anywhere in the world to enhance performance.

12/07/2012 - 15:08

The Chief Registrar of the High Court of the FCT, Mrs Oluwatoyin Yahaya put to bed a set of twins (boy and girl) on Thursday 29th November, 2012. Happily too, mother and babies are in good health.

On Thursday 6th December, 2012, the babies were named EHUD MUSA ALIYU YAHAYA and JOY (Deborah) MUSA ALIYU YAHAYA respectively.

As we join the family in celebrating new members, we pray that God in His infinite mercy continues to bless them.