COVID-19: Lagos CJ, Justice Alogba Issues Circular On Full Resumption Of High Courts & Magistrates Courts
Posted: 25/Sep/2020

THE Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba has directed full resumption of Lagos State High Courts and Magistrates Courts from Monday, 28th day of September, 2020.

This is contained in a circular issued by the learned Chief Judge titled “HIGH COURTS/MAGISTRATE COURTS IN LAGOS STATE; FULL RESUMPTION OF DUTIES”.

“I, Hon. Justice Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba, Chief Judge of Lagos State, hereby direct that with effect from Monday, 28th September 2020, the High Courts and Magistrate Courts in Lagos State shall resume full operations.”
 
Meanwhile, the Chief Judge noted that all registries of the Courts are to accept all processes for filing.

However, he noted that the COVID-19 protocols are to be fully enforced, wearing of face masks, washing of hands and use of sanitizers with strict compliance with social distancing protocol.

In addition, the Chief Judge said “all suspects brought to Court from the Police Stations and Correctional Centres must be masked, otherwise they will be refused entry into the Court premises”.

Besides, it was noted that only counsel, parties and witnesses whose cases are called will be allowed into the Courtrooms in turns.

“All Lawyers and Litigants for remote hearings must be properly dressed for appearance in Court.”

Similarly, the Chief Judge said all Judges and Magistrates shall be sitting in their respective Courts for remote hearings.

Finally, the Chief Judge said there shall be an attendance register for persons coming into the Courtrooms for easy contact tracing, should remedial measures be necessary.