BAYELSA STATE JUDICIARY (FINANCIAL AUTONOMY) LAW, 2012

16 Apr

GOVERNMENT OF BAYELSA STATE OF NIGERIAImage

BAYELSA STATE JUDICIARY (FINANCIAL AUTONOMY) LAW, 2012

 

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

SECTIONS

  1. Release of funds to the Judiciary
  2. Duty of Government official to ensure prompt release of funds
  3. Power of Governors to reduce funds to be released
  4. Audit of Accounts
  5. Compliance with financial regulations
  6. Interpretation
  7. Short title and commencement

 

 

GOVERNMENT OF BAYELSA STATE OF NIGERIA

BAYELSA STATE JUDICIARY (FINANCIAL AUTONOMY) LAW, 2012

A LAW to provide for prompt monthly release of funds standing to the credit of the State Judiciary in the Consolidated Revenue Fund and other matters connected therewith.

Commencement          (                                                                       )

BE IT ENACTED by the House of Assembly of Bayelsa State of Nigeria and by the Authority of same as follows:

Release of funds to the Judiciary

 

1

(1)             The Governor shall in compliance with the provisions of Section 121(3) of the Constitution cause to be released to the Chief Judge every month, the funds duly appropriated in the Appropriation Law standing to the credit of the State Judiciary in the Consolidated Revenue Fund excluding funds standings to the credit of the Customary Court of Appeal.

 

(2)             The Governor shall also in compliance with the provisions of Section 121(3) of the Constitution cause to be released to the President of the Customary Court of Appeal every month, the funds duly appropriated in the Appropriation Law standing to the credit of the Customary Court of Appeal in the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

 

Duty of Government Officials to ensure prompt release of funds

2

In order to give effect to the provisions of Section 1 of this Law, the Commissioner charged with responsibility for Finance in the State, the Accountant – General of the State and all other relevant officials of the Government of the State shall ensure that the funds appropriated in the appropriation Law and standing to the credit of the State Judiciary (including the Customary Court of Appeal) in the Consolidated revenue Fund are promptly released every month to the heads of the Courts mentioned in Section 1 of this Law.

 

 

 

Power of Governor to reduce funds to be released

3.

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions, the Governor may direct that the funds appropriated in the Appropriation Law in favour of the State Judiciary including the Customary Court of Appeal be reduced in any particular month in accordance with the proportion of any shortfall in the revenue of the State for that particular month.

 

Audit of Accounts

4.

The Chief Judge of the State and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal shall cause to be submitted to the Auditor-General of the State quarterly audited accounts of the funds received from the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

 

Compliance with financial regulations

5.

The Chief Judge and the President of the Customary Court of Appeal shall in the expenditure of funds received pursuant to this Law, comply with all extant laws, financial rules and regulations in the state.

 

Interpretation

6.

In this Law, unless the context otherwise requires:

“Appropriation Law” means the Bayelsa State Appropriation Law for any particular year and includes any Supplementary Appropriation Law(s) for any such year.

 

“Chief Judge” means the Chief Judge of Bayelsa State;

 

“Consolidated Revenue Fund” means the Consolidated Revenue Fund of Bayelsa State;

 

“Constitution” means the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended;

 

“Customary Court of Appeal” means the Bayelsa State Customary Court of Appeal

 

“Governor” means the Governor of Bayelsa State.

 

“President of the Customary Court of Appeal” means the President of Bayelsa State Customary Court of Appeal;

 

“State” means Bayelsa State of Nigeria.

 

Short Title and Commencement

7.

This Law may be cited as the Judiciary (Financial Autonomy) Law and shall come into force on the ……………… day of……………. 2012.

 

 

 

This printed impression has been carefully compared by me with the Bill which has passed the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and found by me to be a true and correctly printed copy of the said Bill.

 

 

…………………………………………….

Mr. AARON NICODEMUS TIMIYE

Clerk of the House

 

 

Assented the …………………………. day of …………………. 2012

 

 

 

…………………………………………………….

HON. HENRY SERIAKE DICKSON

Governor of Bayelsa State

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