Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Justice Walter Onnoghen briefing newsmen in Abuja (file image courtesy NAN

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, has called for speedy resolution of cases at the Supreme Court.

Onnoghen made the call while warning lawyers not to engage in actions that delay the hearing of cases at Nigeria apex court.

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Concise News understands that cases currently pending at the Supreme Court may take till 2021 to be resolved.

According to a directive, the legal chief said lawyers and others involved in the resolution of pending cases must ensure that hearing dates are strictly adhered to and unnecessary adjournments avoided.

“It is pertinent to state that the Supreme Court diary is full with appeals set down for hearing up to the year 2021,” he said in a statement.

“The situation therefore leaves no room for unnecessary adjournments arising from lack of diligent prosecution, poor preparations or non-appearance by Counsel.

“Accordingly, the Hon. CJN says this means that any matter that is assigned a date must be heard and determined one way or the other on that date.

”For appeals that may be discovered to have defects, counsel is advised to take necessary steps to amend such defects before the due hearing date”, he said, adding that ”everyone must come to the court fully prepared for the business of the day.”