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I saw a movie some time back, and amongst the amazing scenes in this movie, I would like to focus on one for today.

In a court scene, an accused who had no counsel to handle her case, was told by the Judge, that her case would get adjourned if she did not get a lawyer in time.
Just in case you were wondering, to adjourn a case is to move the case to another day.

Hopefully, none of us would find ourselves in such situations that would land us in court. But just incase you are in court without a lawyer, or your lawyer is unfortunately getting delayed(which may or may not force the court to adjourn your matter to a latter date), I want you to know;

YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF! This is your constitutional right.

Section 36(6) (c) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, says thus;

(6) Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be entitled to –
(c) defend himself in person or by legal practitioners of his own choice

You have the right to defend yourself by any lawyer, or defend yourself personally.

In the case of Ogboh v. Federal Republic of Nigeria (2002) 10 NWLR (pt. 774) 21, the counsel of the accused persons was absent in court, and the court failed to ask the accused how they would like to proceed; although the accuseds were found guilty by the court, the supreme court dismissed the sentence as the case was not handled with section 36(6)(c) in view.
This means that they were not given a fair hearing.

Generally, it is advised that you have a counsel to represent you. But if you are ever in a situation that denies you having a lawyer at that instant, you have the right to speak for yourself, and hold down the forth until your lawyer gets there.

So you could say;

I. With humble respect my Lord, until my Lawyer arrives, I would like to represent myself.

II. My Lord, I humbly pray this honourable court to stand down my matter until my lawyer arrives the court room.

If your lawyer never shows up, then you can say afterwards;

I. My Lord may I humbly pick a date for adjournment. This way, you can agree on a date favourable for you with the opposing counsel.


To stand down a matter is to move the matter to another time, but the same day.
The difference between a stand down and an adjournment, is that the first means to move the matter to another time in that same day, while the latter means to move the matter to an entirely different day.

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