ECOWAS Court of Justice holds historic session in Nigerian city

Ibadan, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Court of Justice has rounded off a five-day external session in Nigeria's South-west city of Ibadan, marking the first time the Court would hold such a session in a Nigerian city other than Abuja, the nation's capital where it is based.

During its 10-14 Dec. session, held at the South-west Oyo State High Court of Justice, six current honourable judges of the Community Court of Justice participated, with all 19 cases on the Cause List of the Court for the session heard by different panels of the Court.

According to the Court's Information Officer, Elohor Ovadje, at the Ibadan session, ''the Court delivered 4 judgments and 3 rulings, while 3 cases were adjourned for ruling, 6 cases adjourned for judgment, 5 cases partly heard, and 5 cases disposed off.''

The Court annually holds an external session away from its seat in the territory of any member state to promote cooperation between it and the national courts of member states and to bring the Court closer to the Community citizens at the grass roots.

''It is therefore an avenue for increasing the visibility of the Court and facilitating the accessibility of Community citizens to the Court,'' Ms. Ovadje said.

The court had previously held such sessions in Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Benin.

Since the inception of the Court, it has held a total of 411 Court Sessions and delivered 59 Judgments and 61 Rulings.

The Court, which has as its primary mandate the interpretation and application of the ECOWAS Revised Treaty and other ECOWAS Community Texts, has recorded remarkable increase in its judicial activities, after Community citizens were granted direct access in respect of certain causes of action, including human rights violations.
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15 december 2012 15:28:44

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