DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Ministry of Justice is divided into different Departments to deal effectively with all aspects of litigations and advisory issues arising from Government dealings. The Department of Civil Litigation is one of the Departments out of the nine (9) Departments in the Ministry of Justice, Ekiti State.
The Department currently has one Secretary and one Litigation Clerk. The Department is using a room partitioned into two with half of it containing the office of the Secretary and the Litigation Clerk.
FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Civil Litigation is saddled with the following functions:
Attending to civil matters where civil wrongs are committed against the Government or its Agencies. In this respect, cases involved are contract cases involving the State Government and private contractors, Chieftaincy matters and land matters where the State deems it fit to revoke or acquire lands for public purposes or interest.
The Department also renders legal advice to all Ministries and Parastatals of Government on all the aspects of litigation mentioned above.
The Department processes the modalities for the payment of judgment debts by mediating and negotiating between the judgment creditors and the Government as to rescheduling payment in respect of such judgment debts on installmental basis.
The Department also see to Arbitration issues or matters against the State either as Counsel before the Arbitration or Arbitrator on behalf of the State Government via the Arbitration Unit situated in the Department.
ACTIVITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL LITIGATION
The Department of Civil Litigation as part of its role in attending to litigation against the State Government undertake defence of cases on behalf of the State Government from the High Court up to the Supreme Court.
Currently, the Department is defending the State Government in thirteen (13) cases filed against the State Government at the Supreme Court and twelve (12) at the Court of Appeal. Equally the Department is also Defending the State Government in about sixty (60) cases filed against the State Government at the High Court and two (2) cases at the Federal High Court and seven (7) at the National Industrial Court. Equally eight (8) of our cases are currently before Arbitration while one (1) is before the Multi Door Court House in Abuja.
As part of the responsibility of the Department, apart from defending the State Government in respect of cases instituted against the State Government, the Department also institute actions in the name of the State Attorney General against defaulting Contractors who failed to perform and in breach of contract agreements signed between such contractor and the State Government particularly in respect of roads and supply of items.
In defending these matters on behalf of the State Government, the Department is expected to file relevant court processes like Statement of Defence with accompanying documents in line with the Rules of the Ekiti State High Court when the matter is before the State High Court while the Department files Briefs of Argument when the matter is before Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court upon compilation of Records of Appeal.
Just as the Department institutes action in the name of Attorney General against any defaulting Contractor as aforesaid, the Department also appeals against decisions of the High Court and Court of Appeal which are not satisfactory to the Government of Ekiti State either at the High Court or Court of Appeal.
The Department has always applied to Court, Federal and State for the purpose of setting aside garnishee order nisi attaching the funds of the State which orders were obtained on fraudulent grounds, thereby saving the State several millions of Naira and unnecessary embarrassment.
The Department in ensuring payment of Judgment Debts has processed the modalities for the payments of judgment debts by mediating and negotiating between the judgment creditors and the Government as to rescheduling payment in respect of such judgment debts on installmental basis and has also gone ahead to get approval of the Governor for payments of some of the judgment debts on installmental basis.
The Department has always rendered several legal advice cutting across Chieftaincy matters, Termination of Appointments, Land disputes, etc. to several MDAs and Parastatals of Government in order to reduce unnecessary litigation against the State Government.
The Department also anchored the drafting of Administration of Civil Justice Law, the first of its kind in Nigeria already gazetted for the purpose of ensuring quick administration and dispensation of civil justice which is cost effective.
CONTACT DETAILS OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Civil Litigation,
Ministry of Justice
Phase III, State Secretariat Complex
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.
NAME OF DIRECTOR
SBJ BAMISE. ESQ.
NAMES OF LEGAL OFFICERS IN THE DEPARTMENT
SBJ BAMISE, ESQ. – DCL
YETUNDE KOLAWOLE, ESQ. – DDCL
O. T. OLATUNBOSUN, ESQ . – ACLO
O. O. AKINLABI, ESQ. – ACLO
OLUYEMI AKINTAYO, ESQ. – ACLO
ADETUTU OLUWASEYI, ESQ. – PLO
OLALEKAN SULEMAN, ESQ – PLO
YEWANDE DANIYAN, ESQ. – PLO
ABIGAIL ALADEJARE, ESQ. – PLO
ALE PETER, ESQ. – SLO