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May 28, 2018

Why it is wrongful and a misconduct to address a Lawyer by the honorific title of a Barrister

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  The Nigerian legal Profession has a rich history embedded in the British Colonial Legacy enshrined in our Statutes as received laws and Statutes of General application. However, the restrictive trade practice Act which restricts a legal practitioner from practicing both as a Barrister and a Solicitor in that jurisdiction does not apply In Nigeria. Over the years much efforts has been made to indigenize  our laws and make it receptive to our Customary jurisprudence subject to the conditions of  rules of natural justice , equity and good conscience under the repugnancy doctrine. It is trite that our customs to…

Lawyers Challenge Govt …Judiciary deserves financial autonomy

  Nearly one month after lawyers and other staff of the Judiciary walked off their jobs in a strike, the Nigerian Bar Association,(NBA) Owerri Branch, has lashed out at Government, accusing it of impunity and insensitivity towards the plight of Imolites. A press statement from the NBA said Government had caused much hardship and suffering to Imo people as a result of the strike,  which it said resulted because of a breach in the terms of an agreement reached between Government and the Judiciary Staff Union, (JUSUN). The lawyers urged Government to obey the court’s judgment and grant the judiciary…

THE BAR AND THE BENCH UNDER SCRUTINY

The Emergence and Proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra

  “The law cannot make your enemy to love you but it can keep him from lynching you” Late Amaechi Nwaiwu SAN. The legal profession is in a state of flux since the invigoration of democracy in the last two decades inspite of the economic hardship, emasculating diseconomy and climate of social injustice in Nigeria. The legal profession has continued to strive and make remarkable leap forward but the anticipated progress towards a more generalized systemic social justice and public confidence in the administration of justice remains seemly an illusion to be pursued but never attained in so far as…

The Illegal Practice of Law by Unauthorized Individuals and Corporate Entities

The legal practitioner Act is a definitive law which provides the regulations, for those lawyers authorized to practice law in Nigeria. Indeed, such persons considered, are those duly qualified to practice law, who essentially have met the general requirements, to wit: They must have undergone  studies in law in a  university as prescribed by the council for legal education, with a period of training at the Nigerian law school which entails, the requisite chamber and court attachments leading to a qualification, after, passing the Bar exams. Aside the obtaining of qualifying certificates to be called to the Bar, the prospective…

Lawyers call for MASSOB ban

The Anambra State Government has been called upon to ban the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). Members of the Nigerian Bar Association, Onitsha Branch who made the call also said the ban should be extended to commercial motorcyclists, better known as Okada. The statement was contained in a communiqué issued by the lawyers at the end of an emergency meeting at Onitsha. NBA Chairman Mr. B.C. Maduechesi said it was necessary to ban MASSOB as a result of what he described as its “unscrupulous activities in recent times”. He claimed that members of the…