A cross section of lawyers in Osun on Tuesday protested against sudden hike in filing fees at the Osun State High Court, Osogbo, as they deserted court premises to press home their demands.
The Lawyers, under the aegis of Nigerian Bar Association(NBA) decried the hike, and called for an immediate reversal.The development invariably paralysed all activities at the court, and many of those who had earlier arrived at the court for array of processes were left disappointed.
The association frowned at what they called ” the commercialisation of justice in disguise,” saying it is unbecoming of a temple of justice. The Chairman of NBA, Osogbo branch, Mr Asafa Sanusi, while addressing journalists on the issue condemned the increment, saying it was done in bad faith.
According to him, the jacking up of writ of summon from N4,000 to N40,000 and a divorce petition from N3,000 to N25,0000 is not only unacceptable but arbitrary. Sanusi added that his members would not attend courts until the state government reverts to the old fees. It was learnt that the new filing regime was communicated to the members of the bar through a circular signed by the Principal Registrar of the Court, Mr Taiwo Jacob.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Biola Odewemimo when contacted for reaction said government would appropriately issue a statement on the issue later.