September 16, 2021


Beyond law

Babalakin calls for overhaul of legislation exercise in Nigeria

Babalakin, centre, and other speakers


Senior Partner of Babalakin & Co, Dr. Wale Babalakin, SAN has canvassed for the overhaul of law observe in the region.

He designed the simply call at the just concluded 2021 Legislation Week of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), Lagos Branch, with the theme: Disruption, Innovation And The Bar.

Talking as a panelist on the subject matter ‘Profession Growth: Methods For Qualified Growth’ Babalakin stated the overhaul should really start off from the training of attorneys in the universities and the Nigerian Regulation Faculty.

He regretted that not like in the previous when high high quality was positioned on high quality, emphasis at present is on the quantity of legal professionals produced.

Babalakin recalled that when he was a law college student at the College of Lagos (UNILAG) among 1978 and 1981, the college was so well structured that a large tutorial course would have about 10 students, adding that “in the approach, you are ready to interact your instructors and find out in detail and he will be in a position to recognize all the abilities in you.”

He stressed that “then, there was the common consensus that the moment you did nicely at UNILAG, you could do well anywhere about the world,” and mentioned that “ I’m not blaming the young individuals, I’m blaming the process that has established this confusion that we have currently. The procedure lay so a great deal emphasis on quantum, as a substitute of high-quality.”

The figured out silk whilst also contacting for a redesign of the curriculum of the Nigerian Law School argued that “There should really be different curriculum obviously defined for those people who want to leave the regulation university and go to the company world and those leaving the regulation university and go to the bar.”

He said that “Today, you have a judicial system that is significantly cry from what I achieved when I started off coming to the bar in 1982.”

Citing examples, he mentioned “criminal circumstances that looks to consider without end these days have been getting presided more than in individuals times by a Decide or established of Judges. The attorneys were so prepared that trials ended up becoming concluded in 3 days one particular day for the prosecutors to present witnesses and perform cross-assessment a different day for the defence and the subsequent working day for the tackle.”

He recalled that “It was impossible then for a lawyer or prosecutor to start out looking for for adjournment. There was significant effects for seeking to seek out for an adjournment when someone is struggling with trial. It was unachievable for a attorney to arrive in and say he is not completely ready. That was possible because the high quality of training we had and the self-control we obtained was pretty high. But routinely now, basic trials go on for decades at the advantage of counsels. This is not proper.”

Babalakin claimed “We have to devote much more in instructing in the universities and make the regulation college a lot more viable and applicable. We can have a session for advocates and a different session for those who want to be solicitors, but it is unfair to the method that we all go to crowd the court docket mastering in the courtroom and often displaying deficiency of preparation.

 He pressured that “In addition, you have to locate a chambers to acknowledge you as a pupil. Right after a productive pupilage, you can then be regarded as for tenancy. It is not sufficient that you have a degree in Regulation. We have to improve our lawful method comprehensively.”