In the Nigerian Dispute Resolution space, the year 2023 signposted a very significant milestone both on the judicial and legislative landscapes. For the Judiciary, the 2023 general elections birthed a high influx of pre-election and post-election related matters leading to notable pronouncements on novel issues and laying to rest various legal questions.

On the legislative end, we witnessed the amendment or repeal of significant legislations. Chief of this is the 5th alteration to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (the Constitution). An additional significant legislative development of 2023 was the enactment of the Arbitration and Mediation Act 2023 (AMA) which repealed the Arbitration and Conciliation Act 1990 (ACA). Also worthy of mention is the amendment to the Evidence Act 2011, which introduced new provisions to bring the Act up to speed with the digital realities of the 21st century.

On a forward-looking note, our report peaks through the curtains of 2024, where we envisage that the Arbitration space will be eventful considering the enactment of the AMA and expect that its provisions will be tested in Court. We also envisage an increase in court actions against the governments across various tiers, as corporates and individuals continue to test new policies of the government and their impact on economic and social interactions. There is also likely to be an increase in tax disputes due to the revenue-generation drive of the new government.

This Wrap-up and Outlook highlights the notable events in 2023 and our projections for the dispute resolution space in 2024.


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