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A Critical Examination of the Constitutional Status of the Jurisdictions of the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court in Nigeria

By Kingsley Chukwudi Igbokwe

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Hitherto, there used to be a conflict between the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court in terms of their jurisdictions. However, the case was laid to rest though unfortunately resurrected after a military junta. This article seeks to analyse the constitutional framework for the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court (FHC) and also to highlight the expansion of the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court (NIC), especially, in trade dispute resolutions beyond the provisions of the Trade Disputes Act.
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Abstract

The lingering constitutional conflicts in the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court that bedevilled the progress of the administration of justice have been somewhat laid to rest by a legislative intervention. The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Third Alteration) Act, 2010 undoubtedly brought some landmark changes and alterations to, particularly, the powers and jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court. The jurisdictions of the Federal High Court and the National Industrial Court were in conflict with other courts partly as a result of military Decrees that tainted their viability in the hierarchy of courts in Nigeria. Moreover, the Federal High Court had had constitutional conflicts with State High Courts which undermined its powers for effective dispensation of justice vis-à-vis the unlimited jurisdiction of the State High Courts. However, the case was laid to rest though unfortunately resurrected after a military junta. This article seeks to analyse the constitutional framework for the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court (FHC) and also to highlight the expansion of the jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court (NIC), especially, in trade dispute resolutions beyond the provisions of the Trade Disputes Act.

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Kingsley Chukwudi Igbokwe

Kingsley Chukwudi Igbokwe

Kingsley Igbokwe is currently a Third year Law student at the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus and also a distinguished Judge of the LAWSA High Court. He has been published in several journals (especially students' journal) and acclaimed the best student writer in the Faculty of Law across universities.

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