The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has concluded plans to collaborate with the FCT High Court for the establishment of a children and young persons’ court in the FCT.
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who made the pledge at the opening ceremony of the 2019/2020 legal year of the FCT High Court, added that the Administration will support the court’s initiatives and innovations designed to ensure that an efficient justice dispensation system is entrenched in the FCT.
The minister also pledged support for the High Court in its desire to make Abuja the centre of arbitration for local and international contracts.
He said the move would be beneficial to the FCT, considering the volume and importance of the transactions that occur in the nation’s capital.
The minister commended the FCT judiciary for the innovations brought to FCT court system and processes, especially the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) option which, he said has helped in settling many land and property disputes usually proven to be expensive and time-wasting at litigation.
He said, “The Alternative Dispute Resolution approach to resolving matters, which you have often advocated, has helped in settling many disputes in the FCT, especially land and property disagreements which have often proven to be costly and time wasting had they gone to litigation.
“The innovations you have brought to the FCT court system and processes have encouraged many litigants to choose to have their cases heard in the FCT courts when such matters are sometimes outside your jurisdiction. This clearly demonstrates the level of confidence the general public has in our court processes here in the FCT”.
The minister, however, assured residents and visitors to the FCT of the determination of the FCT Administration to keep the territory safe, free of criminalities, while stressing that random acts of criminality will not be allowed to desecrate the territory.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Judge of FCT High Court, Justice Ishaq Usman Bello, urged lawyers to cultivate the habit of doing pro bono work by providing legal services to those who cannot afford to pay the fees. He said lawyers who engage in pro bono services will be rewarded as he had already introduced a merit award for lawyers who engage in such selfless services in the FCT.
He further assure all residents and visitors of the FCT that all case determinations will be according to merits and supported by the law, adding that no political, social, economic and other consideration will influence the outcome of any case.