| New Lagos High Court Rules aid Speedier adminstration of Justice !
The Lagos State Civil Procedure Rules introduced in June 2004 has been affirmed to aid speedier adminstration of justice. A case in point is the suit of Inland bank Plc v Mantol Nigerian Ltd and Olutola Lapite. This suit was instituted in February 2005 and eight months later by October 2005 final judgement was delivered. In the course of the delivery of the said judgment Honourable Justice O.A Ipaye pronounced thus ;
" It is no longer in doubt nor can it be overemphasised that the introduction of the new Lagos Rules 2004 edition, has ushered in a new ground breaking era into practice , procedure, adjudication and resolution of disputes in the State .
With the novel concept of front loading the writ , coupled with the option to file an application for summary judgment simultaneeously with the originating procesess as in the instant case, a sure and firm foundation has been laid for a quick and speedy resolution of disputes...... The raison d' etre for the special procedure, is to facilitate early judgments ..."
Commentators are unanimous on their assessment on the positive impact of the Rules on the speedier dispensation of justice. Before the use of the new Rules a suit filed in the high court takes an average period of 7 years before it is finally disposed of.