Order of court

A court can set aside its decision made without jurisdiction

Egunjobi v. Federal Republic of Nigeria [2013] 3 NWLR (Pt. 1342) 534 at 564, para A, Muhammad, JSC:


“Where a court discovers that it acted without jurisdiction, it can fall back on its inherent jurisdiction to set aside its decision in the matter.”

Blogger’s Note:

According to Brian A. Garner (ed). Black’s Law Dictionary, 9th edition, (West Group: USA, 2009) 853, inherent powers (inherent jurisdiction) doctrine is “the principle that allows courts to deal with diverse matters over which they are thought to have intrinsic authority, such as (1) procedural rulemaking, (2) internal budgeting of courts, (3) regulating the practice of law, (4) general judicial housekeeping.”
See Usikaro v. Itsekiri Land Trustees (1991) 2 N.W.L.R (Pt. 172) 150.
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