High Filing fees Exorbitant and Illegal: NBA Ikeja tells new AG Lagos

The Chairman and Executives of the NBA Ikeja in company of two elders of the Branch; Mr. Jimoh Lasisi, SAN and Mr. Femi Falana,SAN paid a courtesy visit to the new Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo,SAN.

The visit which was the first of any NBA branch in Lagos state was to pledge the cooperation of the NBA Ikeja Branch to the Ministry of Justice under the leadership of the new AG.

The Chairman of the Branch, Prince Dele Oloke expressed the displeasure of the Branch over the constitution of the committee that drafted the High Court Civil Procedure Rules 2019, saying there was no lawyer in practice in the committee hence the many anti-lawyer and anti-litigant clauses in the rules. He asked the AG to intervene to correct the anomalies.

The Branch also thanked the office of the AG for past support for the Branch Secretariat project and reiterated the cordial relationship that is in existence between both entities.

Issues discussed included:
1. Police brutality of innocent citizens
2. Abuse of power by LASTMA and KAI
3. Exorbitant and illegal court processes filing fees
4. Welfare of lawyers
5. Bar secretariat project
6. High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019
7. Land registry issues
8. Relationship of Government lawyers with others.

The AG promised to personally attend Ikeja Branch meetings, engage the government for support for the ongoing Bar Secretariat project, improve the Welfare of lawyers, consider the filing fees and High Court (Civil procedure) Rules 2019 amongst other things.

It is hoped that this meeting will birth a better judiciary for the state.

The meeting was attended by the Outgoing Solicitor General and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice.

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