ByÂ Innocent Anaba
The President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has called for the unification of the Civil Procedure Rules of all the states of the federation, noting that it will reduce the difficulties faced by legal practitioners in the country, when appearing in states other then their base.
Chief Akeredolu, who spoke at the launch of â€˜Easy Law: Digital Rules of Courtâ€™ at the Institute of Advance Legal Studies, University of Lagos, said that the trend in the legal profession today dictates that all the rules are better unified, so that legal practitioners in the country will use one rule, instead of the different rules presently in operation in all the states of the federation.
On the â€˜Easy Law: Digital Rules of Courtâ€™, he said â€œwe are launching into the 21st century law practice and have placed ourselves where we can compete with lawyers from more developed societiesâ€. According to him, with the digital rules, â€œlawyers in the country can digitally compare the civil procedure rules of every state and the pit hole of not being sure what the rules states in some of the states have now been eliminated.
â€œThe challenge is not to find how information technology will replace lawyers, but how information technology can make law practice better. The trend in the legal practice is today dictated by information technologyâ€, he added.
Easylaw Digital Rules of Courtâ€™ is a digital compilation of all Rules of court in one user-friendly, easily searchable CD-ROM. It includes the rules of Supreme Court Rules, Court of Appeal Rules, Federal High Court Rules, High Court of the FTC, Abuja and 20 states of the federation. The states includes Abia, Adamawa, Akwa-Ibom, Amanbra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Ebonyi, Edo, Enugu, Gombe, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Lagos, Nassarawa, Ogun, Oyo, Rivers and Zamfara.
Chief Akeredolu, further said, â€œwe are trying to bring all the rules in Nigeria under one rules, which can be accessed by a click of a button. It will aid lawyers to access rules without much difficulties. It will aid legal advice also. We have rules for 20 states, the Federal High Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal now in a digital formâ€.
He pointed out that any lawyer who does not know how to use the computer or is not information technology compliant in this age will not function optimally as a lawyer.