Written by David Ugbabe
The Diocese on the Niger, Anglican Communion in Anambra State has stated it will soon fully commence formal administration of justice for parishioners at the Bishop’s Court, Onitsha.
This was disclosed by the Bishop, Diocese on the Niger, Rt Rev Dr Owen Nwokolo during a plenary on the third day of the synod of the Diocese held at St John’s Anglican Church, Eziowelle, Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State. Backing the decision he said, ‘No member of the Diocese will take a fellow parishioner to public court until the matter has gone through this one in the Diocese. If you do that, we will bring you back. You will be asked whether you have followed the Diocesan procedure as enshrined in the Diocesan constitution.”
Therefore, the Bishop explained that the court will operate the way civil courts operate as rules that guide the court have been drafted by the ‘The Chancellor of the diocese, Barr Nnamdi Ibegbu, SAN, and his legal team “there will be a judge, there will be a witness dock and all the things provided in the civil court. If you want to sue anybody, the rules will guide you. Once it commences operations, any judgement received there is binding,’ the Bishop further explained.
He added that the court’s normal sessions which were expected to take off in September this year would assume every form of adjudication proceedings as it is the case in conventional courts. Also, Barr Ibegbu, SAN, said that the diocesan court would operate like an arbitration court, adding that any judgement or decision given there would be registered in the court as a judgement and would be executed fully as a judgement obtained from the high court. He said judgement of the court would be taken seriously as it would be binding on the litigants.