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In the exercise of the powers conferred upon me by Section 243and 285 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Section 145 of the Electoral Act 2010, I, Hon. Justice Isa Ayo Salami, OFR, President, Court of Appeal, hereby issue the following Practice Directions:-
This Practice direction shall apply and be observed in the Election Tribunals and in the Court of Appeal when sitting as a tribunal or when hearing as appeal from the tribunal.
“The Court” means the Court of Appeal;
“The Tribunal” means the Election Tribunal established pursuant to Section 285 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.
(b) The document referred to in the preceding paragraph must be prepared in 210mm by 297mm paper (A4) and typed in clear typographic character. The type set shall be in Arial, Times New Roman or Verdana of point 12 type with at least single spacing in between.
(c) Every such document which does not comply with the page limit and paper size requirements of this paragraph shall not be accepted by the secretary for filing.
(a) pay to the Secretary such fees as may be determined by the Secretary having regard to the bulk of the records of proceedings which he shall compile;
(b) furnish as many copies as there are respondents in addition to twenty (20) extra copies; and
(c) a fee for service on all the respondents.
(b) The Briefs shall be concluded with a numbered summary of the reasons upon which the argument is founded.
(c) Wherever possible, or necessary, the reasons should also be supported by particulars of the titles, dates and pages of cases reported in the Law Reports, or elsewhere including the summary of the decision in such case, which the parties propose to rely upon. If necessary, reference should also be made to relevant statutory instruments, Law books and other legal journals.
(d) The parties shall assume that Briefs will be read, and considered in conjunction with the documents admitted in evidence as exhibits during the proceedings in the Tribunal, and wherever necessary, reference should also be made to all relevant documents or exhibits on which they propose to rely in their argument.
(b) The document referred to in the preceding paragraph must be prepared in 210mm by 297mm paper size (A4) and typed in clear typographic character. The type shall be in Arial, Times New roman or Verdana of point 12 type with at least single spacing in between.
(c) Every such document which does not comply with the page limit and paper size requirements of this paragraph shall not be accepted by the secretary for filing
(b) The appellant shall be entitled to open and conclude the argument. Where there is cross appeal or respondents notice, it shall be argued together with the appeal as one case and within the time allotted for the case, and the Court may having regard to the nature of the appeal, inform the parties which one to open and close the argument.
(c) Unless otherwise directed, 30 minutes on each side will be allowed for argument.
These Practice Directions may be cited as Election Tribunal and Court Practice Directions, 2011.
Dated at Abuja this 1st day of April, 2011
Isa Ayo Salami, OFR
President, Court of Appeal