2.The applicant is now before this Court in a Notice of Motion dated October 27, 2022 where he invokes various provisions of the Rules of this Court including Rule 4 and seeks leave to file the notice of appeal out of time and that the notice of Appeal filed on February 18, 2022 be deemed as duly filed and served.
3.The applicant swore an affidavit dated October 27, 2022 in support of the application. He depones:
4.This disposition does not correlate with first predicament that the applicant faces which is that the notice of appeal was served 90 days late. There is no explanation why, although filed on time, the notice was served many months later. Is it possibly the case that the advocate accepted instructions to file the notice of appeal but did not have instructions to serve it? I cannot speculate because no reason is proffered.
5.The submissions filed by counsel for the applicant does not make it any better. Counsel states that upon filing the notice of appeal,
6.It also has to be observed that when an applicant cites impecunity as the reason for delay then, just as for any other reason, it must be proved. I imagine that one way of doing so is by filing an affidavit of means. Here, no such proof is offered.
7.In exercising the discretion granted to this Court by Rule 4, a judge ought to bear in mind such factors as the length of delay, the reason for delay, the degree of prejudice to the respondent if the application is granted, whether the matter raises issues of public importance and, possibly, whether the intended appeal has chances of success. I am not satisfied the applicant has demonstrated that he was unable to adequately instruct his advocates on time because of lack of fees.
8.The application of October 27, 2022 lacks merit and is hereby dismissed with costs.