In June 2020, the Justice Reform Project (JRP) in Suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/602/2020: JRP FOUNDATION LTD/GTE v. THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA & 24 ORS, challenged the National Judicial Council’s nomination of twenty-one (21) persons for appointment as Judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.
JRP contended that these persons failed to meet the mandatory requirements under the NJC Procedural Rules as a basis for its challenge and sought orders restraining the President from appointing the said individuals.
On 30th September 2020, the Federal High Court, per Justice E.O Abang, without considering the merits of the case, dismissed the action upholding objections filed by the 25 Defendants. The Court held that JRP lacked the legal right to challenge the NJC’s actions and that the National Industrial Court and not the Federal High Court was the proper court to approach as it was an employment-related case. The Court also declined to consider hearing the matter virtually.
JRP has now appealed this decision and seeks to establish its legal right to maintain the action and its entitlement to the reliefs sought etc. The Notice of Appeal filed is exhibited below.