CRIMINAL LAW

INTRODUCTION At first glance, you may be wondering why there is a segment on criminal law in a course, which has as its primary focus the study of civil law, especially in a business context. The reasons for including criminal law are various but it was felt that some understanding of the criminal justice system…

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TORTS CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION Tort Law concerns the civil liability for the wrongful infliction of injury by one person upon another. Its objects are monetary compensation or damages. The problem with Tort is that there is no single principle of liability. It is not also the sole sources of monetary compensation for harm. Furthermore, the same harm which…

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NEGLIGENCE CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION Negligence as a separate tort emerged only in the 19th Century. Prior thereto, it was basis of other action like nuisance and trespass. It was subsumed under the action on the case. With the growth of science and technology and mechanical inventions and increase in negligently inflicted injuries, coupled with abolition of forms of…

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Parol Evidence Rule (PER)

Parol Evidence Rule (PER) The general patrol evidence rule is that extrinsic evidence is unadmissible to add to, vary, or contradict a written document where a judgment, contract, disposition of property or other transaction is wholly written then no oral evidence will be admitted to vary or expand the terms of the written document. So…

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COURT PROCESS

Definition of Terms Before examining the operation of precedent it is important that you understand the following terms:Res Judicata: a decision handed down by the court is conclusive as between the parties to a case unless it is reversed on appeal. The decision binds the parties and the case and the case cannot be re-opened….

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SPECIFIC TORTS: DEFAMATION, CONVERSION AND DETINNE, NUISANCE, VICARIOUS LIABILITY

INTRODUCTION In this last unit on law of torts, we shall briefly learn about few more specific torts like defamation, conversion and detinne and nuisance and conclude with vicarious liability. Defamation is a statement which is calculated to injure the reputation of another, by exposing him/her to hatred, contempt or ridicule. Action for conversion and…

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STATUTORY INTERPRETATION

Complexity of Legal Drafting The law on any particular subject comes either from the common law, equity or a statute; or sometimes a combination of these. Historically, the common law was the most important source of law but in modern time lawyers look first to a statute to find the solution to a legal problem…

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NIGERIAN LEGAL SYSTEM: SEPARATION OF POWER AND RULE OF LAW

INTRODUCTION The Separation of Powers and the Rule of Law are important concepts or notions that operate within our legal System. A detailed discussion of these concepts is intended in a course of this nature.Separation of powers implies the division of governmental authority into there branches of government – legislative, Executive and Judicial – each…

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