Legal Nigeria


JAALS Foundation stands as a beacon of hope and progress. With a steadfast commitment, the foundation is pioneering strategic reforms that promise to reshape the landscape of justice in the nation. The JAALS Foundation’s approach is multifaceted, focusing on key areas that are crucial for the establishment of a fair and equitable legal system. 

Most recently, JAALS’ Foundation hosted and facilitated a 2 day intensive training program for Bailiffs serving within the Federal High Court system in collaboration with the Federal High Court and Shan Consulting.

The intense training program served as a platform for the Bailiffs to deepen their understanding of their responsibilities and the legal framework within which they operate. By engaging in interactive sessions, participants had the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from expert speakers and facilitators. The program emphasized the importance of ongoing learning and accountability, aiming to empower Bailiffs in contributing effectively to the administration of justice and uphold the principles of fairness and integrity within the Federal High Court system.


Mr. Tolu Aderemi, Director at JAALS’ Foundation in his welcome address stated that the  collaboration between JAALS Foundation and the Federal High Court, aimed at enhancing the skills of Bailiffs. He further mentioned that JAALS Foundation is committed to advocating for social justice and good governance, with a focus on reforming the justice system.

In his Keynote Lecture at the training, Dr. Babatunde Ajibade SAN, FCIArb (UK) recognized the challenges within the justice sector, including inadequate remuneration, poor infrastructure, and perceived inefficiencies in the judicial appointment system. He emphasized the critical role of bailiffs as a fundamental link in the justice system, responsible for ensuring proper service of processes and maintaining the integrity of court proceedings. Dr. Ajibade also advocated for training programs to enhance the efficiency of bailiffs’ operations with a call for technological advancements to streamline processes, such as electronic proofs of service accessible at the touch of a button.

Mr. Godson Ugochukwu SAN in his paper titled “Understanding The Statutory Responsibilities Of A Bailiff In The Negerian Sheriffs And Civil Process Act”, expressed gratitude to the JAALS Foundation for organizing the event and emphasized its potential impact on interactions between the Bar and the Registry. He began by defining the role of a Bailiff within the justice system, distinguishing between a Bailiff and a Sheriff. He also highlighted the fundamental duties of a Bailiff, including enforcement and execution of court orders, maintaining decorum in courtrooms, and serving and receiving court processes. Mr. Ugochukwu underscored the importance of ethical conduct for Bailiffs and emphasized the need for them to understand relevant laws governing process serving.

Ms. Busola Ajala shared insights gathered from interviews with lawyers regarding their experiences with court bailiffs. The responses highlighted various challenges, including lack of communication, dishonesty in service attempts, excessive fees, and unprofessional behavior. She also discussed key terms relevant to her presentation, such as “imbibe,” “creative,” “ownership,” and “mindset,” laying the foundation for further exploration.

Hon. Justice Ibrahim Kala who delivered a Keynote address on the Process Of Serving Court Documents also emphasized the importance of standardization and clarity in the process of serving court documents. He outlined key elements that should be included in any court process, including phone numbers, dates, times, and signatures. The Honourable Judge also stressed the importance of adhering to these standards to ensure the authenticity and validity of court documents.

He also addressed issues related to the practical aspects of serving court documents, such as dealing with faded stamps and challenges with serving security personnel. Justice Kala emphasized the need for honesty and integrity in the performance of duties, highlighting the importance of trust in the legal process.

The speakers and special guests at the training included Hon. Justice John Tsoho, Hon. Chief Justice A O Faji, Mr. Eghobaniem SAN, Mr. Olabisi Makonjuola Chairman, NBA Lagos, Mr Longs, DCR of the Federal High Court, Mr. Bisoye Coker MD, KIAKIA GLOBAL, Mr. Bidemi Amusa MD, CARRILLION, Mr.  Emobonuvie Majemite NBA SEC, LAGOS, Mrs. Sylvia Nzekwu and Mrs Gloria Abugo.

In his Vote of Thanks, Mr. Tolu Aderemi, Director of JAALS Foundation, expressed gratitude to Honorable Chief Justice Tsoho, represented by Admin Chief Justice Faji, for their presence and support. He also thanked the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association for attending the two-day event, alongside other stakeholders, partners, and participants. Aderemi emphasized the importance of collaboration and commitment to advancing the justice system. He concluded by encouraging everyone to apply the knowledge gained from the training in their respective roles.

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