LawPavilion, one of Nigeria’s
leading online resource domain for lawyers unveiled the version 5.0 of their software last week, during the NEC meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, in Abuja.
Mr. Ope Olugasa, the Managing Director of LawPavilion, said the new version was another contribution of LawPavilion to the development of legal practice in Nigeria. Explaining the new features of the software, he said ‘LawPavilion now includes selected Laws of the Federation, with Subsidiary Legislations and Rules of Courts of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal (2011), Federal High Court and several State High Courts.”
On how the new product is different from others in the market, Olugasa explained the differentiating features is “the integration of the laws into their industry leading search engine, making the laws searchable. This enables legal researchers to search for relevant laws on any issue.
“In fact, with the new version, whenever judges or lawyers are using LawPavilion, search for on any issue, they will not only get the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal cases on the issue, they will also get relevant laws in the search result.”
On the speed of updates, he said “leveraging on LawPavilion’s existing automatic update technology, where users get updates of new judgments within 48 hours of release, users of LawPavilion will be the first to get updates to Laws of the Federation and Rules of Courts.”
He cited the example of the newly released Court of Appeal Rules, 2011, which has already been integrated into the new version of LawPavilion.
Hinging the success story of LawPavilion on God’s grace, he praised the active involvement of Mr. Kola Awodein, SAN and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice of Lagos State, who he said keep nudging LawPavilion never to settle for anything less than excellent quality performance and top grade service delivery.
On the challenges encountered so far, Mr. Olugasa said it’s the slow pace of Information Technology adoption by the Legal Industry in Nigeria. According to him “this is fast changing, as even the hallowed Chambers of the Supreme Court has set the ball rolling in adopting LawPavilion by purchasing the legal research software for all the Justices of the Supreme Court.”
He also praised the visionary leadership of some Chief Judges, especially, Justice Lawal Gummi.