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COVI-19: CJN Orders Temporal Closure of Courts

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad, has on Tuesday ordered temporary closure of Nigeria courts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

This was contained in a news circular issued on Tuesday 24 March. He directed all heads of courts to temporarily suspend court activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The circular titled “PREVENTIVE MEASURES ON THE SPREAD OF CORONA VIRUS (COVID – 19) AND THE PROTECTION OF JUSTICES, JUDGES AND STAFF OF COURTS.”

The circular.

It reads ” it is a further directive to the CJN’s earlier Circular with Ref. No. NJC/CIR/HOC/II/629 dated 20th March, 2020, on the above subject matter. In view of the reality of the COVID-19 in the country and in order to take further preventive steps, all Heads of Courts are, from tomorrow, the 24th day of March 2020, directed to suspend Court sittings for an initial period of two weeks at the first instance, except in matters that are urgent, essential or time-bound according to our extant laws.”

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