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Title:The work of a Nigerian magistrate's court
Author:Cottrell, JillISNI
Periodical:Journal of African Law
Geographic term:Northern Nigeria
Subject:criminal courts
Abstract:Partial snapshot of the work of a magistrate's court in Zaria, Northern Nigeria, during a six-month period in the early 1970s, with information on the types of cases, the way people pleaded, the granting of bail, the duration of cases, the outcome of the prosecutions, sentencing, and the use of lawyers. Two striking facts concerning the workload of the magistrate's court during this period emerge: the dominance of offences related to motoring (about 44 percent of the cases and 60 percent of the convictions), while there were hardly any property and personal injury cases; the small proportion of cases in which the prosecution obtained a conviction against anyone pleading not guilty. Notes, ref.