Law Pavil­ion cel­e­brates ju­di­cial ex­cel­lence

Daily Trust - - LAW - By Ade­lanwa Bamg­boye

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.

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