Lawyers Seek Amendment of Sheriffs Act

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Legal experts and other stakeholders have called for the amendment of Section 83 of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act to remove the bottlenecks on the enforcement of garnishee orders.

They made the call at a roundtable on tackling the problems facing the implementation of garnishee judgments.

It was organised by the Justice in Commerce Network (JiCN) and the Association of Banks Legal Advisers and Company Secretaries.

It was aimed at seeking solutions to the many bottlenecks surrounding garnishee implementation in Nigeria.

A garnishee order is a court-approved order that allows a creditor to redirect a person’s funds with a third party (such as a bank) to them when they are owed money.

Head, Legal Services, Union Bank Plc, Mr Sessan Sobowale, said banks are spending so much money on cases that most times have nothing to do with them.

He maintained that because of the provisions in Section 83, implementation has become a huge task.