DRP Titbit – Supreme Court holds that the Federal High Court Can Transfer Suits to the National Industrial Court

On 18.12.2020, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, held that the Federal High Court can transfer labour and employment matters filed before it to the National Industrial Court in line with section 22(2) of the Federal High Court Act.

This decision has laid to rest the vexed issue of Federal High Court judges striking out labour and employment matters on the ground that neither section 22(2) Federal High Court Act nor Order 49 rule 5 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2009 (FHC Rules) specifically mention the National Industrial Court as one of the courts the Federal High Court can transfer a matter wrongly filed before it to.

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