Introduction to Nigerian Legal System

This edition of Introduction to Nigerian Legal System is a thorough revision of the last edition. It follows the syllabus for the course as approved by the National Universities Commission and the Council of Legal Education.

Although the main target reader is the law student that is studying Nigerian Legal System as a taught course, the text is equally useful for the non-law student who needs a general introduction to the rudiments of Nigerian law. Its detailed treatment of the Legal Profession, including discipline at the Bar, the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria, the Judiciary and other institutional pillars of the legal system makes it an invaluable material for practitioners and all those who may want to know more about the dynamics of the legal profession in Nigeria.

This edition coincides with Nigeria’s 60th anniversary as an independent nation. It is also coming 20 years after the country’s return to democratic rule. It takes into account the three alterations to the 1999 Constitution. It has also been revised to take cognisance of the Child’s Rights Act (2003); Evidence Act (2011); Administration of Criminal Justice Act (2015); Rules of Professional Conduct (2007); and the Guidelines for the Conferment of the Rank of SAN (2018).

As in previous editions, the author has maintained the same lucid and reader-friendly style of writing and the attention to detail that has been the hallmark of previous editions.

This edition is the first book to be “born accessible” in Nigeria as it was published in accessible formats for the use of the blind, visually impaired and persons with print disabilities, long before the copies for the sighted became available.

The publisher’s Keyhole® facility is also available here as a complementary research and learning tool to keep the principles in the book up-to-date and make it an organic resource material on the subject.

The specific areas covered in this edition include:
• Law and Legal Systems
• Sources of Nigerian Law
• Nigerian Legislation
• Statutory Interpretation
• Case Law
• English Law
• Customary Law and Islamic Law
• Legal Pluralism and Choice of Law
• History of the Court System
• The Superior Courts
• Inferior Courts and Tribunals
• Independence and Control of the Judiciary
• Administration of Civil and Criminal Justice
• The Legal Profession
• Conduct and Discipline of Legal Practitioners