Legal reference book on shipping operations debuts


A new legal reference book on shipping operations – Admiralty Law Reports of Nigeria (ALRN), has debuted to guide Maritime lawyers on precedents and crucial litigations.The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, at the launching of the book in Lagos, advised lawyers to make reference to the Law Reports to upgrade procedures of maritime cases.

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

Recommending the Volumes seven to 12 of “Admiralty Law Reports of Nigeria (ALRN)’’ written by Mrs Jean Chiazor-Anishere, Auta said 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.
Chiazor-Anishere said that the books were dedicated to the late Justice Lambo for his pioneering works and due to 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.

“The ALRN will give life to litigations in maritime practice and expound issues on maritime law and practice,” Chiazor-Anishere said.She said that volumes one to six of ALRN were being used by the High Court in Ghana.

A maritime lawyer, EmekaAkabogu, who reviewed the ALRN, said the books were the continuation of the first six volumes of ALRN, adding that each page had an introduction layout, issues for determination as well as summary of keen decisions of the high court.

“Each of the pages has an in-depth of cases decided in the past and elaborate subject matter index.Admiralty jurisdiction is exclusive to Federal High Court which is particularly enlightened comprehensive details of Federal High Court cases,” he said.

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