It is no longer news that the Supreme Court of Nigeria has phased out manual means of filing and serving court papers and embraced the electronic means (Legal Mail).
Sequel to this, lawyers are expected to have Legal Mail for easy communications and exchange of correspondence with courts which is the fastest and the simplest means.
National Judicial Council started this innovation by creating a case management software for Nigerian courts and a legal mail for all lawyers in Nigeria.
This mandatory legal mail came into operation since 16th, July 2018 which means that all new filings must bear the Counsel’s legal email address.
You can get more information at the LegalMail homepage: http://www.nigerianbar.ng
1) What is Legal Mail all about?
It’s an email platform for communications, correspondences, and notices between lawyer to lawyer and court to the lawyer. Visit http://www.nigerianbar.org.ng/index.php/legal-mail for more details
1b) How do I enroll for Legal Mail?
Visit http://legalmail.nigerianbar.ng/ to start a self-registration process.
2) How do I get support on LegalMail issues?
3) What type of lawyers are qualified for Legal Mail?
All NBA verified lawyers
4) What if the application said I am not verified?
If you have been verified and still cannot proceed, please send a mail to email@example.com
5) How do I reset my password?
Visit www.nigerianbar.ng and click “forgot password” button to start the reset process.
6) How do I check my email?
7) How long does it take to complete the legal Mail request process?
1–7 working days
7b) What time can I call for support service?
09:00 am – 04:30 pm Monday–Friday – 09084445444
8) Can I use my Legal Mail to send other emails?
Yes, see email use policy
9) Does The Supreme Court of Nigeria or any other organization have access to my emails?
10) Can I have multiple Legal Mail accounts?
11) What other platforms can I access my email on?
Mobile devices (Android, IOS, Windows), Microsoft Outlook and Outlook for Mac Desktop Application
12) What makes it different from any other email?
Professionally, the Legal Email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) provides for uniformity and uniqueness in communication with other lawyers, Courts, professional bodies, embassies, and other stakeholders.
The legal mail also has the unique feature of the ability to provide proof of service for designated communications. The email accounts are designed with unique features, they are free from advertisements, taglines or pop-ups, therefore, containing less risk of spam and comes with a 50GB mailbox size.
13) What is proof of services?
Proof of services is a feature that is only unique to the Legal Mail platform, where a delivery acknowledgment is preserved for communications between court to Lawyers regarding services of notices and other matters, where an SMS is also delivered to the recipient to notify them of such correspondences.
14) What’s next after I activate my legal Mail?
Within 24 hours of activation, you should receive an email welcoming you to the legal mail platform with your Temporary Password and a guide on how to change your temporary password and sign in your email account
Ensure to log on as more and more correspondences are sent to lawyers through their legal email.