The Slip Rule


A slip rule refers to the rule permitting the correction of any order. Correction can be made only on typographical errors or matters that were genuine slips or mistakes, such errors can be corrected at appeal. Oder 8 Rule 16 of the Supreme Court Rules confers on the court the inherent jurisdiction to correct errors and slips that occur in its judgments and orders. It provides thus:
“The court shall not review any judgement once given and delivered by it save to correct any decrial mistake or some error arising from any accidental slip or omission, or to vary the judgement or order so as to give effect to its meaning or intention. A judgement or order shall not be raried whom it whom it correctly represents what the court decided nor shall the operative and substantive part of it be varied and a different form substituted’’.
In situations whom what was reflected in the judgement is less or different from the amount which was due in error, the supreme court pursuant to the slip rule is entitled to condent the error. In the case of Enterprise Bank Limited V, Deaconess Florence Bosenoso& 5 0s LER(2015) sc 166/2003, the judgement creditor/Applicant who was the plaintiff at the Friday court instituted an action against the judgement Debtor/Respondent for certain declarative orders, general and special deranges. The trial court entered judgement in favour of the judgement creditor applicant in the sum of N30, 273, 000.00 (Thirty million two hundred and seventy three thousand nairn) Displeased by this decision the judgement. Debtor. Respondent appealed to the court of Appeal, when the decision of the trial court was affirmed and judgement was entered in favour of the judgement creditor/Applicant in the sum of N30, 290 00 (Thrity million two hundred and ninty thousand naira).
The judgement Debtor /Respondent, not satisfied with the judgement of the court where the decision appealed to the supreme court where the decision of the court of Appeal was affirmed and upheld.
However in the body of the judgement of the supreme court, the amount entered as awarded was N20, 925, 000 application under section 6 (6) of the constitution of the Federal Ryrublie of Nigeria and Order 8 Rule 16 of the supreme court Rules, praying the court for an order to correct the error arising from accidental slip in the summation of facts of the case in the judgement of the court. And the court granted the application. Note that the grant of this applicative parts of the courts rang the operative and substantive parts of the courts decision, rather it gives effect to the real intention of the court by correcting the mistake which has arisen from any accidental slip. Per M.D Mohammed JSC.
The online voting has been recommended as a good reassure to storm rigging.
Speaking to the newsmen Comr. Bestman James in Bori yesterday said that e-voting could held Nigerian voters to overcome present challenges of rigging and electoral violence.
According to Mr Jame, e-voting has a good benefit which is the possibility for increased efficiency.
Mr James, however, stressed that the e-voting would reduce the possibility f snatching of ballot papers and electoral materials and would also reduce violence during or before election.
James also prayed for the election to be free and fair unlike the previous election.
Also speaking Mr Bishop Augustine stated that the reason for people to believe that the previous election was rigged is that the original result was ultered by the INEC Chairman.
Augustine further said that the election would not be free and fair because the president is in power and the security agents take orders from him.

Nkechi Bright Ewere