Notable Decisions of the Nigerian Courts in 2019

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The year 2019 for the Legal industry was generally “uneventful” with respect to decisions of our superior courts in civil and criminal matters. This could be due to several factors but particularly the General Elections which took place in March 2019 and the attendant host of election petitions (which are mostly time-bound) going all the way to the Supreme Court.

Nonetheless, there are noteworthy decisions emanating from the Appellate Courts in 2019 (and some 2018 cases reported in the Law Reports in 2019) that have shaped/are shaping the jurisprudence in different areas of procedural and substantive law.

In this brief analysis, we focus on general civil and commercial cases and one unique criminal case which, in our view, would have an impact one way or the other on businesses, and criminal convictions at the Federal High Court based on confessional statements, respectively.

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