Nasarawa Assembly Amends 1968 Area Court Laws

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly (NSHA), is amending the 1968 Area Court laws that barred lawyers from appearing in Area courts for cases to enhance administration of justice in the state.

The bill has passed through second reading yesterday during plenary.

The sponsor of the bill and speaker of the House, Hon Ibrahim Balarabe- Abdullahi, while giving the substance of the bill, said that the bill if amended would give room for the appointment of only gradates of law as Area Court judges.

“The age long law banning lawyers from appearing in Area Courts and the composition of 3 panels of judges should be abolished and the appointment of only graduates of law as Area Court judges is necessary.

“No legal practitioner shall be barred from appearing to act for or assist any party in any civil proceedings before an Area Court in Nasarawa state.

“The importance of lawyer’s appearances in court cannot be over-emphasized to the administration of justice in the country, hence the need for the amendment of the said law to allow lawyers appears in area court to assist any party in any civil proceedings” he said.

Balarabe- Abdullahi, who is representing Umaisha/Ugya constituency, also said that the amendment of the laws was long over due considering Achaic laws guiding the operation of the Area Courts in the state.

The Speaker further said that, the bill if finally passed in to law would tackle the bottlenecks in ensuring the administration of justice in the state and the country at large.

He restated the assembly commitment to continue to enact bills and pass resolutions that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the area.

Lawmakers who spoke during the debate on the bill, lauded the speaker for the initiative as the bill was overwhelming supported by the members.