The Lagos State judiciary has joined in the move to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus by issuing restrictive guidelines for entering court premises. In a notice issued by the Chief Registrar of the Lagos High Court Mrs. D.T Olatokun, the following guidelines were issued:
- Members of the general public will not be allowed entry into the court premises, save those who have come to file urgent matters/applications.
- In all cases, only parties whose cases are to be heard, their witnesses and counsel, will be allowed into the courtroom at any sitting time, subject to a maximum of twenty persons altogether.
- In the courtrooms, persons shall keep a distance of at least one metre to each other, as recommended by the world health organisation.
- In Criminal Matters–Only Remand/Bail Applications, And Overnight Cases Will Be Heard.
In Civil Matters – Only –
1) Ex-Parte and Urgent Applications;
2) Adoption of Written Addresses – Will Be Entertained;
3) Judgments And Rulings Will Be Read.
Further Directives Will Issue As the Situation Improves.
The above guideline was issued in line with the directives of the Hon. Chief Judge Of Lagos State, Hon. Kazeem .O. Alogba.