The amendment of the Kaduna law was done on Tuesday.
The Kaduna State House of Assembly on Tuesday amended the 1991 District Court Law empowering it to adjudicate in civil cases.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Muazu Gangara, said that the amendment of sections 13, 14, 15, 25, 31, 32 and 81 of the law, has empowered the courts to entertain cases with material value of up to N500, 000 as against N50, 000 previously.
He also said that the amendment made had repealed the District Court (Amendment) Edict of 1994.
Mr. Gangara said the law now empowers the Chief Judge of the State to regulate the practice and procedure of the district courts where no specific provisions were made by the subsisting law.
Section 25 of the law confers on the district court judges powers to “enforce the observance of every customary law which is not repugnant to natural justice, equity and good conscience, not incompatible either directly or by implication with any law for the time being in force”.