Ministers seek amendment to ECOWAS Court protocol

Lagos- Nigeria (PAA) -- Justice Ministers of ECOWAS member States have asked the Community's Court of Justice to consider widening its jurisdiction to facilitate direct access to the Court by individuals.
The 1991 Protocol that set up the Court provides for member States to institute proceedings on behalf of their nationals against another member State, or institutions of the Community in the interpretation and application of the provisions of the ECOWAS Treaty.
But at the end of their just-concluded extra-ordinary meeting in Abuja, which also considered the draft rules of procedure for the Court, the Ministers gave the Court three months to consider the possibility of a wider jurisdiction, to be recommended to the ECOWAS Council of Ministers.
The Justice Ministers also adopted the rules of procedure for the Court and an amendment proposed by the Court to its Protocol and recommended them to the Council of Ministers for approval.
The rules provide, among other things, for electronic system of recording the proceedings of the Court, whose seven Judges were inaugurated in Bamako, Mali, last year The Ministerial meeting was preceded by a meeting of legal experts of ECOWAS member States.

06 june 2002 16:51:00

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