Computation of Years of Call: S’ Court Chief Registrar States Position

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Legal Practitioners

The Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court has entered appearance in the suit filed by Lagos Lawyer Olumide Babalola seeking the interpretation of the expression “Post Call” as used in the Legal Practitioners Act and the computation of the legal practitioner’s year of call.

The suit with No. FHC/ABJ/925/2018 is pending before Hon. Justice F.O. Giwa-Ogunbanjo of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

In the counter affidavit deposed to by a legal practitioner in the law firm of  O.J Onoja, SAN & Associates, counsel to the Respondent, the Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court deposed as follows:

 “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.”

“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.” (Details of the Counter Affidavit is attached).

Hearing of the suit which would hopefully put to rest the age long confusion in the computation of the legal practitioner’s age at the bar comes up on the 10th day of December 2018.

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