* Foreword By I.M.M. Saulawa, JCA
*Comment By Late G.R.I Egonu, SAN
*Recommended For Judges And Legal Practitioners

A book aimed at aiding lawyers in perfecting the signing of Court Processes titled, ”Irreproachable Mode of Signing Documents And Court Processes In Nigeria”, is now available for purchase.

The book which was written by Kelechi Chukwu, Esq., with foreword prepared by I.M.M. Saulawa, JCA (Presiding Justice of Court of Appeal, Ilorin) deals with a fundamental area of Legal Practice which many Legal Practitioners take for granted, and consequently fall victim of the inescapable fatal effect of improper signing of Court processes and documents.

The book brought to the fore the proper way of endorsing and/or signing Court processes and documents in Nigeria without reproach and consequences of the improper endorsement of same.

There is hardly any proposition of law made in this book that is not supported by either judicial or statutory authority. It is therefore safe to authoritatively conclude that the book presents a daily practice manual to serious minded Practitioners.

Commenting on book, Late Senior Advocate of Nigeria, G. R. I. EGONU, observed that cognition of the proper mode of authenticating Court processes by Legal Practitioners is a desideratum for good legal practice, thus, considering that a Court process is only vitalized upon proper authentication, it is expected that more than cursory attention should be paid to such matter of profound legal consequences.

He noted that this area of law was an area that most lawyers weren’t paying much attention, but the attitude is now different.

He further observed that the author, through the book, has eloquently addressed this vital area of the law in an all-encompassing manner, stressing that the book equally addressed the dangers inherent in yielding to a system that short-circuits the due process of law and which could hasten the return to the era when processes were trusted to unknown persons for signature. Noting that the book is the first of its kind, he recommended it for all judges and lawyers.

”Cognition of the proper mode of authenticating Court processes by Legal Practitioners is a desideratum for good legal practice. Considering that a Court process is only vitalized upon proper authentication, it is expected that more than cursory attention should be paid to such matter of profound legal consequences.

”Regrettably, adequate attention was not given to this area of law by Legal Practitioners for many years until the decision in Emmanuel Okafor & Ors v. Augustine Nweke & Ors (2007) 10 N.W.L.R (Part 1043) 521. In raising the objection that was sustained by the Supreme Court in the said case, I was propelled by the conviction that the spirit and letters of the law concerning how processes are to be signed by Lawyers did not create room for improvisation, the sort with the capacity of admitting unknown people to the practice of Law. Happily, the Supreme Court agreed with the contention. Today, the decision in the groundbreaking case challenges all Legal Practitioners to commit to the task of reclaiming our laws from the captivity of wrong convention.

”Commendably, Kelechi Chukwu, Esq., has taken up this challenge which is evident in his well-researched book titled “Irreproachable mode of signing documents and Court processes in Nigeria.” The book could not have chosen a more auspicious time to emerge. I say so because of the recent spike in the efforts to mitigate the effects of improper signing of Court processes through vague judicial pronouncements.

”The author, through the book, has eloquently addressed this vital area of the law in an all-encompassing manner. The book equally addressed the dangers inherent in yielding to a system that short-circuits the  due process of law and which could hasten the return to the era when processes were trusted to unknown persons for signature.

”The book is the first of its kind and is a practical guide to Legal Practitioners on how to authenticates documents in a matter that is sanctioned by the law. The seventeen chapters of the book were written with felicity and are very informative. Each chapter seamlessly flows into the next in a language that does not task comprehension.

The book “Irreproachable mode of signing documents and Court processes in Nigeria” is a most sublime work. I recommend the book to Judges, Legal Practitioners, Academics, Law Students and all professionals whose job descriptions involve the authentication of documents.”

To get a copy of the book, call the following numbers: 08064032976, 07037211891, 08032135793, 08038956420 08036235589, and 08069398878. Or send an email to [email protected]

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