Magistrates and Court registrars in the small claims courts of Ogun State have been trained by the State Ministry of Justice on practice direction issued by the state Chief Judge, Hon.Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu for small claims matters in the state.
The training workshop which was held on Tuesday 29th of June at the Ogun State Judiciary complex, Abeokuta was aimed to set up a system where there can be fastracking of matters at the treasury of one million naira and below at the small claims court for an average citizen.
Special Adviser to the State governor on Legal, Mrs Toyin Aiyepola who disclosed this while delivering a paper at the training also reiterated that “it’s part of the drive of the Ogun State government to ensure that the ease of doing business is entrenched and that businesses can thrive and they can enforce their contract in Ogun state”.
According to her, “To meet the requirement of the World bank on the ease of doing business, so, the state government is trying to see how the small claim court component can key into the existing structure to ensure that parties can enforce their contracts easily and quickly as possible”.
Mrs Aiyepola also said that parties can represent themselves at the small claims courts and “within two months, the entire hearing and judgement is granted”.
She added that such parties can file in their claims without the need of a legal practitioner (Lawyer).
Earlier, the small claims court in Ogun State has been fastracking on small claim matters at the treasury of five hundred thousand naira and below (N 500,000:00k).
The training workshop , had in attendance the State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Mr Akingbolahan Adeniran, Justice Adebisi Femi-Segun, the Ogun State high court Chief Registrar, Mrs Olufunke Odubanjo, the Deputy Chief Registrar Mr Martins Akinyemi among others.