The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, has cautioned judges against allowing technicalities to stand in the way of dispensing justice in the country.
Onnoghen made the remark on Monday in Abuja when he declared open the 2017 National Energy Workshop for Judges.
He said that the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) would engender timely disposition of cases and encouraged the judges to adopt it.
The CJN noted that the theme of the workshop: “Law and the Changing Face of Petroleum and Power Sectors in Nigeria”, was relevant in the light of the developments in the international energy market.
He said that the workshop would enlighten the judges on global best practices in confronting the challenges that might arise in the power and petroleum sectors.
“Some of the notable challenges faced are in the areas of taxes, rebates, royalties, demand for corporate social responsibility and environmental disputes which require the court’s to adjudicate.”
Onnoghen, however, noted that conflicting judgments were a necessary part of the judiciary as they helped to strengthen the system.
“Conflicting decisions, unfortunately, are necessary because when you approach a court in Lagos, your facts are stated and the facts of that case are also different in a court in Port Harcourt.
“So, the judge takes a decision based on the facts before him and the law and that is why we have the Court of Appeal who will look at the law and decide,” the CJN said.
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