The Lagos Judicial Panel on Restitution for Victims of SARS and other related abuses has announced its decision to hasten pending petitions by replacing oral petitions with written ones in a front-loading process which will be implemented from August 2.
Chairman of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi disclosed this on Saturday stating that the decision was made to speed up the process and ensure that justice is served in the shortest time possible.
“It is important that every petition or petitioner be given an equal duty of being heard and to achieve that task we have put in place amendment of front loading of the processes which will be more time-saving in terms of sitting and in terms of working outside the panel,” Justice Okuwobi said.
“So, this will now take effect from the 2nd of August. It will determine the listing of fresh petitions which have not been open. The earlier you comply with the rules by front-loading, …we will then have cause to list fresh matter that can then come up before the panel.
“It is our appeal that petitioners in particular who do not understand the process seek advice on the front-loading, the rules are very clear, just. We want your evidence on the affidavit, evidence of your cases on the affidavit. What you have in the petition just has to be put in place of an affidavit and sworn to the court, so the evidence of the witnesses.
“I’m sure petitioners are not going to have any difficulty with complying with the front-loading process.
“And all documents you want to present to the panel should come in ahead of the hearing of the petition and properly served on the respondents.” She said.