Federal High Court abolishes fees on human rights cases

The Federal High Court has abolished the charging of fees on monetary claims and default fees, this is in line with the fundamental rights enforcement procedure rules.

A statement conveying the court’s new order, issued by an Assistant Chief Registrar (Litigation), Jane Egbo, upon the directive of the Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho, was made public on Tuesday.

The statement, titled: “Re; Monetary claims and default fees in fundamental right applications,” reads: “I have been directed by the Hon. Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Hon. Justice J. T. Tsoho to inform all DCRs (Deputy. Chief Registrars) and Station Registrars that henceforth, monetary claims and default fees in respect of fundamental human right applications should no longer be charged.

“Be so informed and comply accordingly.”

Before now, applicants in fundamental rights enforcement cases were charged fees on monetary claims.

They were also required to pay penalty, where they defaulted in filing processes within the time allowed by the rules.

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