Lawyers Threaten To Cripple Oyo Judiciary Over N2,500 Fee, Pre-Action Protocol Rule 

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ibadan branch, has threatened to boycott courts in the Oyo State capital over the recent increase in affidavit fees and the introduction of a Pre-Action Protocol Rule, both of which are contained in the Oyo State High Court Civil Procedure Rule, 2022.

In a letter addressed to the state judiciary, the NBA Ibadan chairperson, Folasade Aladeniyi, stated that the association will boycott all courts in the state if the Pre-Action Protocol Rule is not suspended and the affidavit fee is not reduced.

Aladeniyi argued that the Pre-Action Protocol Rule is “limiting and hindering the constitutional rights of litigants and legal practitioners to access the court to seek legal redress.” 

The NBA chairperson warned that “lawyers would engage in total boycott of all the courts in the state if the rule was not suspended. The notice starts on November 6th, 2023 and will end on November 13th after which we will boycott the courts.”