Quote of the Day

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In admiralty matters, the jurisdiction of a court to make an order for the arrest or release of a vessel, ultimately depends on the existence of an action in rem against such vessel. In other words, a person who seeks an order of court for the arrest of a vessel or who seeks security for the release of a vessel, must have a subsisting claim against such vessel.

The Court of Appeal in MT Delmar & Ors v MT “Ane (Ex “MT Leste”) & Ors

(Judgement delivered by  Chinwe Eugenia Iyizoba, JCA) on the 4th of March 2016

 

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Legal Headline News 28/04/2016

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Your daily list of law headlines:

The Guardian: The Obama administration is pressing individual states to join its mission to cut back on the use of solitary confinement in US prisons, in the hope of reining in a practice that is still widespread despite having been denounced as potentially amounting to torture. There are as many as 100,000 people in segregated cells in the US, a number that sets the country apart from most of the rest of the world and exceeds the entire prison population of countries such as the UK, France and Germany. Many have condemned solitary confinement as a practice that could amount to torture, including the UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Méndez,who has called for the global ban in all but exceptional cases. Scientific research has revealed the adverse psychological effect of locking away prisoners in segregated cells, with some individuals suffering serious depression, suicidal thoughts and behaviour, hallucinations and paranoia within a matter of days.

The Independent: Forced oral sex where the victim has passed out after drinking cannot be considered rape in the eyes of the law, a US appeals court has ruled. Five senior judges at the Ottawa Court of Appeals agreed unanimously that the state’s laws did not cover an “intoxication circumstance” for forcible sodomy – rape involving the mouth or anus of the victim. Judges had been asked to consider the case of a 17-year-old boy accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl after driving her home following a session of drinking at a park in Tulsa. The boy told police he had engaged in oral sex with the girl, but that it was consensual and her idea. The girl said she remembered nothing after being at the park. The Tulsa County District Court dismissed charges against the boy first of rape and later of forcible oral sodomy, after establishing that unconsciousness and intoxication are not part of the definition of the latter crime. Continue reading “Legal Headline News 28/04/2016”

Improve your Legal Writing

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What is legal writing? In many legal settings, specialized forms of written communication are required. In many others, writing is the medium in which a lawyer must express their analysis of an issue and seek to persuade others on their clients’ behalf.

Legal writing therefore, is a type of technical writing used by lawyers, judges, legislators, and others in law to express legal analysis and legal rights and duties. Legal writing in practice is used to advocate for or to express the resolution of a client’s legal matter.

Any legal document must be concise, clear, and conform to the objective standards that have evolved in the legal profession, this is not an easy task! I found this editing checklist by Lawyerist and they advise that by using a self-editing checklist to edit your writing, you will quickly improve the quality of your finished work. You will also become a stronger writer who produces better first drafts and finishes writing assignments quickly.

Amazing for us young lawyers! Continue reading “Improve your Legal Writing”

Legal Headline News 25/04/2015

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Your daily list of law headlines:

Sahara Reporters: According to SR, Agents of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have discovered more damning evidence that Rickey Tarfa SAN, currently undergoing trial for alleged bribery to a judge, transferred huge sums of money to several other judges, including a female member of the Court of Appeal, Justice Uwani Abba-Aji, who reportedly received N8 million from Mr. Tarfa. Justice Abba-Aji played a key role in election petition cases in the hotly contested states of Delta and Akwa Ibom after the 2015 general elections.

BBC: Police in Australia have charged a 16-year-old with preparing an act of terrorism, saying they believe he was plotting to target Anzac Day services, he was denied bail and is due to appear in a children’s court today. If convicted he faces life in prison.

Sahara Reporters: Baker Hughes Group has approached a Federal High Court in Lagos with a petition seeking an order to wind up Belbop Nigeria Limited, an oil company said to be owned by Nigerian businessman, Mike Adenuga. Baker Hughes Group claims that Belbop is indebted to it to the tune of $12, 092,531.66 which is the payment due to it for the services it rendered to Belbop for the development and operation of an oil block.

Vanguard: Jose Mourinho has signed a contract with Manchester United to become their next manager with an announcement expected before the end of the season. Continue reading “Legal Headline News 25/04/2015”

Inspiration: Sharpening failure

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Losing the election by ten votes or by a million–which is worse?

“Missed it by that much,” is a way to amplify how we feel when we don’t succeed. So, when we miss the bus by just a few seconds, or finish a math proof just behind the competition–we can beat ourselves up about this for years.

Much rarer, it seems, is the opposite. It’s hard to find people still congratulating themselves after winning an election by just a few votes or making a plane by a step or two. Nice that it happened, but we ask what’s next, where’s the next crisis?

We have a name for someone who expects the worst in the future. Pessimism is a choice. But we don’t seem to have a name for someone who describes the past with the same negative cast. Continue reading “Inspiration: Sharpening failure”

Quote of the Day

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“An effective criminal justice system is fundamental to the maintenance of law and order. Criminal justice, because it addresses behavioral issues, must be dynamic and proactive. … Consequently, many of the provisions are outdated and in some cases anachronistic. Besides, the loopholes in the laws and procedure have become so obvious that lawyers especially defense lawyers have become masters in dilatory tactics. It has thus, become increasingly difficult to reach closure of any kind in many criminal cases. Convictions or acquittals have become exceedingly rare”.

Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN [Former Attorney General of Lagos State] addressing the charges of the criminal justice system in Nigeria

My 5 Must-have Apps for a Lawyer: #ReginaRex

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CAMCARD:

As a lawyer, I cannot tell you how many business cards I have in my wallet and how many I have lost. Everyone has a business card it can be so hard to remember what contacts you have and do not have. This app keeps them all categorized and it automatically generates the phone number, email, business name and persons name into a contact that is added to your phone book. So how do you use this app:

  1. Download the app either from itunes or google app store.
  2. Get those business cards ready, capture it and all contact information can be read and saved to your phone

You can exchange electronic business cards when at a meeting, conference, summit etc I say “Go paperless or go home!”

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You are welcome! and with the upcoming NBA conference and SBL Conference you can’t have asked for a more appropriate app!!!

Continue reading “My 5 Must-have Apps for a Lawyer: #ReginaRex”