Documentation

Documentation

  1. Welcome to the Lawlane

Please carefully read the following to help you understand the nature of our services in Lawlane.

2. All cases in the Lawlane database are assigned a Citation Number in the following format:

Court/Year of Report/Month/Name of Platform/Number in our database for that month and year and month . Eg. SC (1993) 7 LLIR 1 (in that order)

Please note that the name of the court is not strictly speaking part of the citation, and the most important part of the citation is the year, followed by the Month. It is the year that differentiates similar citations, since months of the year never change. Thus it is possible to find;

SC (1998) 7 LLIR 1 ( This is another way of saying , Supreme Court Judgement delivered in July, 1998, and reported as No 1 in the LLIR database for July, 1998)

SC (1999) 7 LLIR 1

SC (1998) 6 LLIR 1

SC (1999) 6 LLIR 1

However, once the year and month are the same, the number of the case will change. E.g.

SC (1998) 7 LLIR “2”

SC (1999) 7 LLIR “2”

SC (1998) 6 LLIR “2”

SC (1999) 6 LLIR “2”

Thus, if you know the year the case was decided, you can easily find the case in our database even if you have forgotten the name of the parties, and don’t have any other information. Lawlane, allows users to see all cases reported in a particular year in Lawlane, and they are alphabetically arranged for ease of view.

Similarly, in school or in practice, if you cite the case with the year and the month alone, it will still be valid, though incomplete; such as SC (1999) 6 LLIR or (1999) 6 LLIR. This is because anyone wishing to verify the case, can easily search through the cases for that year, jump to the alphabetical order bearing the case, and find the case.

3. You can make a research and read the cases, articles or the statute later. Simply use the bookmark or favourite feature, on top or below every case etc that you want to use later. When you log into your account on a subsequent day, in your profile, you will see the bookmark link to access all the cases you bookmarked.

4. The School of Law is primarily designed with students in mind. Thus, though lawyers and professionals will find it useful, its preoccupations may appear at some point basic for the advanced user.

5. Any suggested corrections or advice, kindly contact us

6. It is possible to learn a new area of law, say Taxation or Oil and Gas, on your own even when you did not offer it in the University, by simply using the School of Law to read highly ranked materials on that area of law. Remember if the materials are too big for you, consider using the Lawlane notes. We invite you to explore the power of our Legal Education Virtual Service (LEVS).

7. Do not forget that the Lawlane is in constant improvement and update of its database, if you search of a case and do not find it , send us the name of the case, and it will be included.

8. Please note that we do not include summary of NIC reports. This is intentional. This is because the NIC is a trial court, and we feel it is important for readers to understand how the court makes finding of facts and evaluation of witnesses.

9. Lawlane has the most powerful search feature of any platform; you can search the entire database in alphabetical order, or by year of reporting still in alphabetical order, or by subject and area of law, or by using the powerful Google custom search.

10. Thank you for using Lawlane. If you are not satisfied with any of our services, please let us know so we can serve you better.