A High Court Judge has no competence to deliver a judgment and adjourn to a later date to give reasons for his judgment.

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The Nigerian Court of Appeal, Abuja Division delivered a judgment setting aside a judgment of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory on ground that the High Court had no right to deliver its judgment brevi manu and defer its reason(s) to another date. The Court of Appeal held that judgment delivered in such manner is unconstitutional, null and void.

The trial Judge delivered a judgment on 16th February, 2005 after full trial. In his judgment, he found for the Plaintiff and granted him a declaration of title over a plot of land in Asokoro District, Abuja inter-alia. The Judge however did not give the reasons for his judgment; he deferred the reasons to 15th of March, 2005 and consequently abridged the period within which to appeal against his judgment.

Abdullahi Ibrahim & Co represented the Appellant.