Facts in Issue: What it Means in the Law of Evidence

Facts in issue

Facts, and in consequence facts in issue, are the flour with which the dough of evidence is made.

Everything is a fact, whether it exists alone or along with other things. In the contemplation of the law, particularly the Nigerian Evidence Act (s. 258), it includes a state of things, the relationship between things and even any mental condition that any person is aware of. Read More…

4 Ways Recession Can Be Great For Opportunistic Law Firms

Law Firm

Recession, like in every industry, can be like a hurricane alert for law industry. Everyone scrambles for safety! Most law firms hunker down during the economic slump and prefer to avoid taking risks and never even try to survive. Giving the severity of the risk, avoiding action may be indeed the best plan for many lawyers. Read More…

6 Great Legal Marketing Lessons For Your Law Firm

Legal Marketing

Do you know the difference between a successful attorney and the one who is struggling for triumph? It’s not necessarily their positive track record, extensive experience, or knowledge of the law. Most often, it’s the ability of the attorney to utlise legal marketing to inform potential clients of his/her services. Read More…

Primary Sources of Nigerian Law: Everything you need to Know

To the average Nigerian on the street, the Constitution is the law. Whatsoever is in the Constitution is the law of the land that everybody must obey. If you are just starting out as a law student, your opinion would most likely be more informed than the ordinary man on the streets. You might think that the law is just statutes enacted by the legislature.

Both positions are correct but Read More…

What are the Sources of Nigerian Land Law?


You don’t need a degree in economics to appreciate the importance of land to the survival of a people. Land is one of the essential factors of production and is the direct source for wealth creation.

In the precolonial times, most areas of Nigeria were agrarian communities. This meant that land was the essential means for the people to survive.

The native laws of the different peoples that inhabited Nigeria regulated Nigerian land law in this period. In most parts of the North, Islamic Law regulated land law. In the South, ethnic customary law took prevalence.

All this changed with the advent of colonialism. In contemporary Nigeria, the Land Tenure system is a jumbled mix of the English Common Law, statutes and customary law. Read More…

How has Equity Contributed to the Common Law Legal System?

For literature students, the Shakespearean classic – The Merchant of Venice, would ring a bell. This story shows the absurdity that is inherent in strict adherence to the law. Without equity tempering the provisions of the law in order to create justice, the law would end up being a tool of injustice.

Those who have not read the story might be a little bit lost here. As the story goes, Bassanio asked his friend – Antonio, to give him some money in order to marry the woman he loves. Antonio didn’t have the money and he decides to borrow from a moneylender – Shylock. Read More…

The Judicature Act of 1873-1875.

The Earl of Oxford case solidified the position of the Court of Chancery in the English Legal system. As a result, there were two courts with different powers. The presence of two courts with distinct jurisdictions caused a lot of hardships to litigants.

The common law courts could grant damages while the Court of Chancery could grant injunctions and other equitable remedies. For a while, none of these courts could grant remedies obtainable in Read More…

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