Court stops Aregbesola from increasing filing fees in Osun courts
Lawyers in Osun State today trooped out to celebrate the order of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo which restrained the state governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola from implementing the new regime of fees to be paid for filling documents in the courts in the state.
The lawyers stormed the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists at Odi-Olowo Street in Osogbo and addressed a press conference under the auspices of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA).
The Chairman of the Forum of NBA chairmen in the State, Mr Marice Olufisayo Okediya who spoke on behalf of the lawyers in the state said the order of Justice Maureen Adaobi Onyetenu which restrained the governor from implementing the increment in the filing fees was in the best interest of the common man.
Okediya explained that with the order of the Federal High Court, the old fees would be maintained in all the courts in Osun until 16th of March, 2017 when the matter would come up again for hearing.
The lawyers in the state have shunned the courts since Tuesday, 28th of February over the hike in the filing fees. Okediya assured that the lawyers would return to the courts as soon as the state governor obeys the court order.
Okediya said the lawyers championed the matter in defence of the downtrodden who might not be able to afford the exorbitant fees that was introduced by the governor and vowed that the NBA would pursue the matter to a logical conclusion.