Lagos State Judiciary

Lagos State High Court will be on long vacation from July 17 to September 12.

The Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, approved the vacation.

The Federal High Court began its nine-week long vacation yesterday. It will resume on September 11.

Justice Atilade approved the break pursuant to order 45 Rule 4 (D) of the High Court of Lagos State Civil Procedure Rules, 2012.

The Chief Judge also approved the appointment of 10 judges to hear urgent causes during the vacation in the Ikeja and Lagos divisions.

For Ikeja division are Justice Lateefa Okunnu, July 17-July 28; Justice Sedoten Ogunsanya, July 31-August 11; Justice Ganiyu Safari, August 14-August 15; Justice Hakeem Oshodi, August 28-September 12. Justice Kudirat Jose was appointed as substitute judge.

In Lagos division, Justice Karfeel Dawodu will sit from July 17 to 28; Justice Lateefat Folami, July 31-August 11; Justice Wasiu Animahun, August 14-15; Justice Morenike Obadina August 28-September 12. Justice Akintunde Savage will be the substitute judge.

A statement by acting Chief Registrar, Mrs D.T. Olatokun, said the criminal division in Ikeja and Lagos would sit throughout the vacation.

“Notwithstanding the long vacation, any cause or matter may be heard by a judge during the period of the vacation, except on Sunday or public holiday, where such cause or matter is urgent or a judge, at the request of all the parties concerned agree to hear it.

“Any application for an urgent hearing during the vacation may be made by summons in chambers, before the vacation or the judge before whom the substantive case is pending”.

The statement said the long vacation will end on September 12 while the new legal year 2017/2018 will begin the next day.

It added that the new legal year service will hold on September 18 simultaneously at Cathedral Church of Christ, Marina and Central Mosque, Nnamdi Azikwe Street, Lagos .

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