Law Pavilion celebrates judicial excellence
Tuesday 12, July 2016 was a good day for lawyers in the country as one of Africa’s leading electronic legal research and practice managers, Law Pavilion, raised the bar and the bench.
The event which took place at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja was jointly organized by Law Pavilion and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).
Those in attendance were the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, three former Chief Justices of Nigeria - Mohammed Lawal Uwais, Dahiru Musdapher and Mariam Aloma Mukhtar - along with serving Justices of the Supreme Court as well as eminent retired jurists and the cream of the legal profession.
Tagged ‘Words in Gold’, the event was a celebration of Nigeria’s foremost jurists through the years and the introduction of revolutionary software called “LawPavilion Prime” to the audience before the eventual launch at the forthcoming NBA conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The ‘Words in Gold’ awards, according to Prof. Deji Adekunle, Director General of NIALS, is a “remarkable endeavour that will continue to shed light on the invaluable contributions that have gone unnoticed and uncelebrated in the Nigerian judicial system.”
In his address on the topic, ‘Data as the New Equity - New Approaches for Enhanced Justice Delivery and Administration’, Vice President Osinbajo emphasised how the legal industry is being transformed for the better by technology.
He said the manual method of conducting legal research to find relevant authorities was extremely tedious and time consuming, noting, however that generous time and effort is now being saved and put to better use because of the adoption of electronic legal research.
The new software, LawPavilion Prime, not only provides information but goes further to trace the history of a principle of law or practice, highlight other cases in which the principle has been enunciated upon and where necessary, bring up conflicting judgments relating to such principle.
VP Osinbajo lauded the efforts and innovations of LawPavilion whose products could further aid delivery and administration of Justice in Nigeria.
The Managing Director of LawPavilion, Ope Olugasa, unveiled the company’s newest software, LawPavilion Prime, Africa’s first case analytics software, stating that “Today, we unveil the ultimate breakthrough in our quest for making the task of legal research easier and less burdensome for the judiciary.”
With key features including Case Analytics, Laws in Action (an Annotation of the Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria), Chain Reference, Text Books and Journals, LawPavilion Prime will change the way legal research is conducted, not only in Nigeria but ultimately across the globe.
Also at the event, big wigs in the legal profession in Nigeria witnessed Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (past and present) being recognised and given awards.
There were Category Awards which saw many justices carting award numerous awards in recognition of their work while on the Bench of the hallowed Chambers of the Supreme Court.
The awards followed a thorough research and analysis conducted by the NIALS and were given in recognition of the profound pronouncements and judgments that have shaped justice delivery and administration in Nigeria, thus paving the way for more advancement in the judicial system of the country.
L-R: VP Prof Yemi Osinbajo; DG, NIALS, Prof Adekunle and MD, LawPavilon, Mr Ope Olugasa, recently during the maiden edition of "Words in Gold" at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.