2020 PRACTICE DIRECTIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR COURT SITTING OF THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL COURT OF NIGERIA

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ARRANGEMENT OF DIRECTIONS

1.     Objectives of the Practice Directions

2.     Adoption of Guidelines of the CJN and NJC

3      Court Premises

4.     Filing of Process

5.     Payment of Filing Fees

6.     Service of processes and hearing Notice/Electronic Mode

7.     Virtual or Remote Court Sitting/Preparation for Hearing

8.     Physical Court Sitting/Court Attendance

9.     Computation of Time.

10.   Adoption of Written Addresses

11.   Delivery of Judgments and/or Rulings

12.   Citation

[Commencement:                                               18th day of May 2020]

EXPLANATORY NOTE

These Practice Directions and Guidelines set out the Directions and Guidelines to be adopted in remote and physical sittings, recognizing the urgent need for the Court to put in place measures to guarantee continued access to justice and expeditious disposal of cases while minimizing the risk of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PREAMBLE

In the exercise of the powers conferred on me by section 254F (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, section 36 of the National Industrial Court Act 2006, Order 1, Rule 8(3) of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (Civil Procedure) Rules 2017 and all other powers enabling me in that behalf, I, Benedict Bakwaph Kanyip PhD, FNIALS, FCArb, President of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria, do hereby issue the following Practice Directions:

1.      OBJECTIVES OF THE PRACTICE DIRECTIONS

(1) To govern filing and hearing of matters during and after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemc.

(2) To ensure continued access to justice by maintaining social distancing in Court so as to curtail the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

(3) To ensure that Remote Hearing is conducted in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, applicable Laws and Rules of the Court.

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