Age at the Bar: Supreme Court Registrar states the Right “Post call” computation


The firm of Ogwu James Onoja, SAN has entered appearance and filed a response for the Respondent, the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in a case for computation of “Post-Call” years before his Lordship, Justice F.O. Giwa-Ogunbanjo.

The respondent in their affidavit stated that upon call to bar, enrollment in the Supreme Court and subsequent payment of the first annual practicing fees, a legal practitioner becomes one year old at the bar.

The respondent further stated that upon payment of the second practicing fee at the first anniversary of the person’s call to bar, the legal practitioner becomes two years at the bar and the counting and reckoning continues in that order.

The Applicant, Olumide Babalola had earlier approached the Abuja Federal High Court in a bid to resolve the perennial controversy surrounding “computation of post-call years” especially for the payment of Bar practicing fees.

The case filed on the 28th August, 2018 with Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/925/2018 seeks the interpretation of section 8(3) of the Legal Practitioners Act and Legal Practitioners (Bar Practicing Fees) Notice vis a vis the phrase – “Post Call”.

The applicant contends the interpretation that the phrase “Post Call” excludes the year of call since a lawyer cannot clock one year immediately after his call to bar.

The suit has been adjourned till 10th December, 2018 for hearing of the Applicant’s Originating Summons.


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