Court need to do justice

On the need for our courts to always do justice – Notable pronouncement by Nnamani, JSC

Erisi v. Idika [1987] 18 NSCC (Part II) 1201 at 1208 para 20, per Nnamani, JSC:

“The courts are courts of law but may the day never come when they cease to be courts of justice…”


Blogger’s Note:

May that day never come!

It is in keeping with the spirit of justice that the courts are always willing to apply rules of equity whenever necessary. For instance, section 13 of the High Court Law of Lagos State, Ch. H5, Laws of Lagos State 2015 provides that where there is any conflict or variance between the rules of equity and the rules of the common law with reference to the same matter, the rules of equity shall prevail in the High Court so far as the matters to which those rules relate are cognisable by the court. 

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