110,000 suits pending before High Court – CJN

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Justice Musdapher says more avenues to justice must be provided

Justice Musdapher

Justice Dahiru Musdapher, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), on Thursday disclosed that over 110,000 cases are pending before the federal and state high courts across the country, a situation that should be addressed and remedied.

He revealed this while receiving the co-ordinating chairman, Abraham Yisa, and members of the Tax Appeal Tribunal (TAT), who paid him a visit in his office.

Applauding the tribunal for its contribution in dispensing justice, the CJN added that “We must rise up to the challenge and provide more avenues to justice and these paths need to lead to an outcome considered satisfactory by not only the parties, but also the public as a whole.

“The desire of all Nigerians for a fast, simple and efficient justice system has formed the bedrock of the ongoing judicial reform initiative and it is heart-warming to note that this desire is shared by notable organisations like the TAT.”

Earlier, the coordinating chairman of the tribunal told Musdapher that the visit was part of the plans by the tribunal to strengthen its operations and further deepen its relationship with the judiciary.

“Tax Appeal Tribunal is an important component of the tax administration system in Nigeria and the new tax policy offers a step by step objection and appeal process, which gives the complainant an opportunity to explore other dispute resolution mechanisms before gaining access to the court system,” Yisa said.

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