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Nwoko v Oyo State, Nigeria

Philip Newman represented the applicant.

Summary: Where a defendant had filed an acknowledgement of service but had not disputed the court’s jurisdiction within 14 days after filing it, as required by CPR r.11(4), he was not entitled to extra time to serve notice to dispute jurisdiction even though the claimant’s claim form had been served on the defendant outside the jurisdiction after the six-month period required for service. Rule 11(5) had been engaged and the defendant was treated as having accepted the court’s jurisdiction. Link: Case Analysis (pdf)