Federal High court sitting in Abuja has resolved the controversy surrounding the computation of “post-call year”.
Hon Justice F.O. Giwa-Ogunbanjo while delivering his judgment on Tuesday in Suit No. FHC/ 925/2018 between Olumide Babalola and Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, held that a legal practitioner’s year of call starts counting from the year the first practicing fees are paid and in so counting, the year of call must be counted.
TheNigerialawyer (TNL) recall that Olumide Babalola on the 28th August, in a bid to resolve the perennial controversy surrounding computation of post-call years especially for the payment of bar practicing fees, Olumide Babalola has filed a suit at the federal high court sitting in Abuja for the judicial interpretation of the phrase “post call” as repeatedly used in the Legal Practitioners Act.
In his suit, he sought for an interpretation of section 8(3) of the Legal Practitioners’ Act and Legal Practitioners (Bar Practicing Fees) Notice vis a vis the phrase – “Post Call”.
The plaintiff also sought an interpretation that the phrase “Post Call” excludes the year of call since a lawyer cannot clock one year immediately after his call to bar.