Lawyers Urged to Re­fer to Ad­mi­ralty Law Re­ports in Mar­itime Cases


The Chief Judge of the Fed­eral High Court, Jus­tice Ibrahim Auta has ad­vised lawyers to make ref­er­ence to Ad­mi­ralty Law Re­ports of Nige­ria (ALRN) to up­grade pro­ce­dures of mar­itime cases.

Auta gave the ad­vice in La­gos in a mes­sage to the launch of Vol­umes seven to 12 of “Ad­mi­ralty Law Re­ports of Nige­ria (ALRN)’’ writ­ten by Mrs. Jean Chi­a­zor-Anishere.

The Chief Judge was rep­re­sented by Jus­tice Olayinka Faji of the Fed­eral High Court.

Auta de­scribed the books as spe­cialised write-ups on ship­ping, say­ing that par­tic­u­lar ref­er­ences were made to judg­ments of the Fed­eral High Court in the law re­ports, in­clud­ing cases of in­ter­na­tional mat­ters.

He said that it was im­por­tant for lawyers to have more ref­er­ence books in or­der to make their jobs eas­ier.

“The au­thor ded­i­cated the books to S. O. Lambo, be­cause he was the first Pres­i­dent of the Fed­eral Rev­enue Court and also the pioneer Chief Judge of the Fed­eral High Court. S. O. Lambo is one of the pi­o­neers who set the up the Fed­eral High Court. He built a house and put it on a hill and the house is grow­ing higher, ’’Auta said.

Also, a for­mer Chief Judge of the Fed­eral High Court, Mrs. Rose­line Ukeje, said that the Fed­eral High Court started op­er­a­tions in 1973, while she be­came a judge of the court in 1986.

“Jus­tice Lambo was pop­u­larly known as `Fe­fer­ity Lambo’. This ap­pel­la­tion stemmed from his panache, his car­riage, his dic­tion and his hu­mil­ity. The court started with seven judges and to­day the Fed­eral High Court has 80 judges and still count­ing. I re­joice with the wife and fam­ily of our late premier Chief Judge, Lambo. I be­lieve I have spo­ken the mind of all the judges,’’ Ukeje said.

In her re­marks, Chi­a­zorAnishere said that the books were ded­i­cated to the late Jus­tice Lambo for his pi­o­neer­ing works and his im­mense con­tri­bu­tions to the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the high court. “The seven to 12 vol­umes of the ALRN are in­formed by huge pa­tron­age from our dear col­leagues and Judges of the Fed­eral High Court, Court of Ap­peal and the Supreme Court. It is wor­thy to note that Ad­mi­ralty mat­ters are ad­ju­di­cated ex­pe­di­tiously as de­sired by mar­itime prac­ti­tion­ers and stake­hold­ers.

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