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Title:Proof of customary law in Nigerian courts
Author:Akanki, E. Oladeji
Periodical:The Nigerian Law Journal
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:customary law
Abstract:Customary law stands in danger of being completely overtaken and eradicated by the amorphous process of its ascertainment. Since customary law still regulates the lives of a great majority of people in Nigeria, its ascertainment should be based on a more juristic basis than till now. It is submitted that a short-term answer to the problem of ascertainment with a view to codifying customary law will lie in a legislative enactment empowering the superior courts to follow the findings of traditional courts as to the existence of customary law. Parts of the essay: Introduction - Method of proof - Proof by witnesses - Burden of proof - Published works as evidence of customary law - Judicial notice - Summary. Notes.