Daily Law Tips (Tip 487) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

HOW TO MAKE EXCUSES FOR THE ABSENCE OF A PUBLIC OFFICER FROM COURT.

In the course of hearing a case by a court, a person employed by federal or state government (public officer) may be needed to give evidence in court.

Where a court requests the presence of any person, such a person is mandated by law to attend or be arrested on the order of court. However, at times, being absent from court is inevitable. So, to communicate absence to court becomes necessary as well as how to make such communication.

The absence of a public officer that is supposed to give evidence from court will be pardoned by court, where the head of department of the public officer accounts for the absence of the public officer. Such must be communicated through a Federal or State Gazzette, telegram, email or letter giving sufficient explanations to court.

My authorities are sections 50, 258 and 259 of the Evidence Act, 2011.

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