CROSS RIVER – JUDICIARY ACCOUNT LAW

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CROSS RIVER STATE LAWS

CHAPTER J3

JUDICIARY ACCOUNT LAW

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTION

  1. Establishment of Judiciary Account.
  2. Withdrawal from Consolidated Revenue Fund.
  3. Bank account.
  4. Books of accounts.
  5. Audit of account.
  6. Government financial regulation.
  7. Interpretation.
  8. Short title.

 

CHAPTER J3

JUDICIARY ACCOUNT LAW

(1st January, 1988)

[Commencement]

  1. Establishment of Judiciary Account

(1)     There is hereby established an account to be known as the Cross River State Judiciary Account.

(2)     The Account shall consist of all monies withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State to meet—

(a)     the recurrent expenditure of the judicial offices of the State (inddition to the salaries and allowance of judicial officers) charged upon the Consolidated Revenue Fund; and

(b)     the recurrent expenditure authorised for the judiciary by any Appropriation Law or Supplementary Appropriation Law as the case may be.

  1. Withdrawal from Consolidated Revenue Fund

(1)     At the end of each month, the Accountant-General shall immediately submit to the Chief Registrar a statement of the balance of the Consolidated Revenue Fund available for disbursement during the next ensuing month to meet the overall expenditure of the Government.

(2)     Upon the said statement, both the Accountant-General and the Chief Registrar shall decide on an agreed amount due to be paid from that balance to the Account, to meet the recurrent expenditure of the Judiciary for the said next ensuing month.

(3)     The amount so agreed shall depend on—

(a)     the balance of the Consolidated Revenue Fund available for disbursement;

(b)     the needs of the judiciary in relation to the overall needs of the Government; and

(c)     the need for the prudent management of the financial resources of the State.

(4)     The amount so agreed shall be included in a warrant to be issued by the Governor to enable the said amount to be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund and the Accountant-General shall immediately pay to the Account the said amount so withdrawn.

  1. Bank account

(1)     The Chief Registrar shall be the accounting officer of the Account and shall maintain and operate the Account in any reputable bank approved by the Governor.

(2)     No withdrawal shall be made from the Account unless the cheque for such withdrawal has been authenticated by the signature of the Chief Registrar, or any person authorised in that behalf by the Chief Registrar.

  1. Books of accounts

The Chief Registrar shall keep proper books, records, returns and other documents relating to the Account and at the end of each financial year, submit to the State Executive Council, a statement of account with respect to the Account together with the report of the Director of Audit thereon.

  1. Audit of account

The accounts of the Chief Registrar in respect of the Account shall be audited by the Auditor-General of the State in accordance with Audit Law and for that purpose the Auditor-General of the State shall have access to all books, records, returns and other documents relating to the Account.

[Cap. A20.]

  1. Government financial regulation

(1)     In operating the Account, the Chief Registrar shall be subject to all Government financial regulations relating to public accountability.

(2)     Subject to the provisions of this Law, the judiciary shall be self-accounting.

  1. Interpretation

In this Law unless the expression otherwise requires—

“Account” means Cross River State Judiciary Account established by section 1 of this Law;

“Accountant-General” means State Accountant-General;

“Chief Registrar” means Chief Registrar of the State High Court;

“Government” means Government of Cross River State;

“judiciary” means Branch of the State Government relating to the law courts established under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999;

“Governor” means Governor of the State;

“State” means Cross River State.

  1. Short title

This Law may be cited as the Judiciary Account Law.

CHAPTER J3

JUDICIARY ACCOUNT LAW

SUBSIDIARY LEGISLATION

No Subsidiary Legislation

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