An Abuja -based lawyer, Lanre Amu has petitioned the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for alleged restriction of his right of access to the courtroom by a federal high court judge.
He said his rights to access the court room, to speak, be heard and present his case were constrained by Justice J. Tsoho.He wrote: “Justice Tsoho unduly constrained my right of access to Courtroom No. 3, including my right to speak, my right to be heard, and my right to fully present my case in the courtroom as a Litigant in Person (LiP)”.
He called for the need to guarantee the access of the courtroom to all who may want to personally represent themselves in cases of their interest.
“While I intend to take up the substantive matter on appeal, I nonetheless feel the need to bring the matter to the attention of the administrative unit of the Federal High Court, through the supervising Chief Judge, so that systemic changes can be made to guarantee the right of courtroom access to all who are similarly placed, more so when a party presents his or her case in person in court without a lawyer”, he said.
Amu also attached a Motion on Notice dated and filed on April 11, 2017, and accompanying 29 paragraph affidavit, which detailed his experience. He also said this awareness will go a long way to guarantee the right of access to the Courtroom for all peoples, who perhaps for whatever reason have no lawyer, but nonetheless have the need to approach any court in the land.
18 April, 2017