Federal High Court abolishes fees on human rights cases

NEWSMAN, Abuja – Federal High Court has abolished the charging of all forms of fees in relation to human rights cases across the country.

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 on Tuesday.

“I have been directed by the Hon. Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice J. T. Tsoho to inform all DCRs (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. Be so informed and comply accordingly,” the circular titled: ‘Re; Monetary claims and default fees in fundamental right applications’ read.

It was learnt that before now, applicants in fundamental rights enforcement cases were charged fees on monetary claims, The Nation reported.

They were also required to pay penalty, where they defaulted in filing processes within the time allowed by the rules.

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