A Review of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) Practice Directions and Guidelines for Court Sittings 2020.
As a preventive measure against further spread of the dreaded novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), the National Judicial Council (NJC) issued some Guidelines for Court Sittings and Related Matters in the Covid-19 Period. Pursuant to the said guidelines, the Chairman of the NJC and Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) directed all heads of court in Nigeria to issue Practice Directions to ensure continued access to justice in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic. The NICN Practice Directions and Guidelines (“the Practice Directions”) under review was part of the response to the aforesaid directive of the NJC and the general clamour for innovation/flexibility in the administration of justice in Nigeria. See the CJN’s letter with reference No. NJC/CIR/HOC/II/660 dated 7th May 2020. Hon. Dr. Justice I. T. Muhammad, CFR. These Practice Directions and Guidelines were issued on 13th May 2020 (with a commencement date of 18th May 2020) by the President of the NICN, Hon. Justice B.B. Kanyip pursuant to the provisions of Section 245F(1) of the CFRN 1999 (as amended), Section 36 of the National Industrial Court Act, 2006, and Order 1 Rule 8(3) of the National Industrial Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2017.