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Southwest governors acted responsibly

Wednesday, 30th January 2020

"In my view, the greatest challenge we are facing is the populace’s dwindling confidence in the ability of courts to deliver justice expeditiously.

Today, the average time a contested civil litigation will run from commencement to judgment in the high court is five to seven years. Court of Appeal is another five to seven years and the Supreme Court is not less than eight years.

What this means is that a party desirous of exploring all the appeal options open to a litigant under the constitution can keep a subject matter sub-judice for an upwards of 15 to-25 years.

Some people may still argue that this is a conservative time estimate."

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