Lawyers, litigants lament impact of COVID-19 on court proceedings


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By Harris Emanuel, Uyo

Lawyers and litigants in Akwa Ibom State have complained that the novel  COVID-19 pandemic has led to delay in the dispensation of Justice.

Vanguard Correspondent who visited some courts in Uyo, the state capital, gathered that only few cases are slated in the Court list for hearing in a particular day.

Litigants also bemoaned that their means of incomes have dwindled which makes it difficult for them to pay their counsels’ legal fees, which invariable have affected the incomes of lawyers.

The courts are adhering to the COVID-19 protocols, in terms of social distancing, wearing of face masks and provision of water, soap and sanitisers.

For instance, a court clerk ensures that everyone wears their face masks immediately the court is about to sit and there are some courts that the Judges personally supervise social distancing in the sitting arrangements.

A lawyer, Kingsley Eton said, “sometimes, you put on appearance for clients and after the…

Source: Vanguard Newspaper