Ogun Opens 'Small Claims Court' For Petty Matters - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Ogun Opens 'Small Claims Court' For Petty Matters

By our reporter

The State Chief Judge of Ogun State,  Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has opened a "Small Claims Court," to provide easy access to informal, inexpensive and speedy resolution of simple matters such as debt recovery disputes, demands and damages that do not exceed N500,000.00.

Justice Dipeolu said the essence is to further bring justice closer to the people at the grassroots.

She said the operations at the Small Claims Court will commence in six carefully chosen Magisterial Districts in Abeokuta, Ota, Ifo, Ijebu-Ode, Sagamu and Ilaro.

She  added  that the success of these Courts will determine their opening in other Magisterial Districts.

The Chief Judge pointed out that the Courts are affordable as the claimants will be deemed to have served letter of demand on the Defendant as in Form SCA1 and both must reside or carry out business in the State.


In a related development, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has tasked newly sworn-in Magistrates to uphold the ethics of the profession and dispense justice without fear and favour.

Justice Dipeolu gave the advice at the swearing-in of two Magistrates at the Judiciary Complex, Kobape Road, Abeokuta.

She urged them to put in their best to justify their elevotion to the position, as they are versed in the law and administration of justice.

"My advice to the newly sworn in Magistrates is that; your lifestyle must surely change to reflect the sensitive nature of this new role. You must bear in mind the Code of Conduct of this noble profession and behave accordingly at all times. I urge the family members to support them with prayers. I congratulate both of you once again and I wish you success in your new roles," she said.

She notes that there are 39 Magistrate Courts presently in the State, adding that they're all conducive for sitting.

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