There is nothing to drafting an affidavit. It is basically you relaying the facts within your knowledge. But you have to get a person to do it. This person must be: Competent – take your mind back to Evidence law in Uni, remember everything you learnt about competency of a witness, it applies here. (We […]Read more "Affidavits"
You will agree with me that the title is one of the most demeaning jabs at lawyers, I think people consider it the lowest of the lowest rung of legal work. I believe what is so unappealing about it is the rampant frolicking with law enforcement officials, the over-familiarity with magistrate court officials, the fact […]Read more "Charge and bail lawyer?"
The whole point of arresting a bad guy is to ensure he gets punished for his alleged wrong. But we have to take him to court first and makes sure he really is guilty. So, we institute criminal proceedings. When it comes to criminal proceedings the following three things can happen: the proceedings can be […]Read more "Institution of Criminal Proceedings"
I like to see criminal litigation as this scene in a Hollywood (or Nollywood *yinmu*) action movie, where the protagonist thief gets into the safe, everything is looking good, she gains easy entrance but alas she has to bend and twist through those red laser security thingy’s. Yeah! Criminal litigation is easy enough; [I mean, […]Read more "Criminal Litigation: The Roller Coaster"
Picture this: In a stuffy, poorly-lit cell room there is a murder suspect sweating in gallons; on a rickety wooden chair. Leaning over him is Mr Officer with the bald head and bulgy eyes. Mr Suspect asks for a pen and paper and with a bloodied hand he writes the story he just told Mr […]Read more "The Devil Made Me Do It: Confessional Statements"
No we are not doing a science experiment…LOL! To determine jurisdiction or to make sure we have the right idea about it we ask three questions in this order: WHERE? Where did this matter take place/where did the bad guy strike/where is our subject matter located/where does our potential defendant live or do business? In […]Read more "More On Jurisdiction: The litmus test"
So you have probably had your orientation course and are familiar with the whole set up. Below are a few things I believe you should have at the back of your mind: Stick to the curriculum: Seriously, this is nothing like uni days where you read wide and hard, not knowing what angle the lecturers […]Read more "First things first"