It was established by the Federal Revenue Act 1973 (1973 No.13) and began with four judges with a president as its head.
However, the court was renamed the Federal High Court by Section 228 (1) and 230 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1979.
While Honourable Justice S.O.
Lambo was the first president of the Federal Revenue Court and served between 1973 and 1975, Justice John Tsoho is the 10th and current Chief Judge of FHC.
The court, which had grown structurally over the years, presently has divisions in all the states of the federation, including Abuja, where its headquarters is located.
Recently, the court launched an electronic filing platform as part of its drive for capacity and human development.
An Abujabased legal practitioner, Yunusa Ibrahim, described the 50 years of FHC in justice delivery as a milestone in the administration of justice.
He said the court had contributed in no small measure to justice delivery through its several judgments and decisions.
According to Ibrahim, to facilitate the expeditious determination of civil cases and matters before the court, the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2000 was enacted by Justice Tsoho pursuant to Section 254 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
He said the rules had several innovative provisions for a just and expeditious disposition of cases.
Besides, Josephine Ijekhuemen, also a legal practitioner, said the importance of the court in the Nigerian judiciary cannot be overemphasised.
The Federal High Court (FHC) will on Thursday mark 50 years of justice delivery in the Nigerian judicial system.
Formerly known as Federal Revenue Court, the Federal High Court was established on April 13, 1973.
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