LAW OF EVIDENCE IN NIGERIA: Practice and Procedure (2021) by Simon Uchenna Ortuanya


“The Evidence Act (2011) repealed the old Evidence Act, in doing so, the new Act introduced some changes in the Law of Evidence. Ever since, there has been an urgent need for scholastic guidance in the proper approach to the interpretation of the provisions embodying those changes This is particularly so as the courts have been issuing contradictory interpretations of these provisions. In his new book, Law of Evidence in Nigeria, Practice and Procedure, the veteran author and urbane man of letters, Professor Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, masterfully plumbs the intention of the draftpersons of the Act. The result is a five-hundred-and-forty-page treatise of redoubtable erudition. The succinct sites of the different chapters are quite captivating just as the logical presentations of ideas are very illuminating. The book bears the imprints of the erudite author’s versatility in the Law of Evidence a course he has taught, admirably, in two public universites for years. Judges and Justices, Senior Advocates of Nigeria, Law Professors and sundry litigation lawyers should be truly enamoured of the enormous efforts here. Upon my intimate perusal of this excellent book, I am under obligation to commend it to all Justices of our appellate courts, Judges of disparate categories, law teachers and their students, and to one and all.” China Centus Neeze, Ph.D. JSC, Lille Bencher, FCIArt Austices Chambers, Supreme Court Abuja, Nigeria

  • Conceptual Issues
  • Relevance and Admissibility
  • Evidence of Intention, Similar Facts and Defence of Accident
  • Improperly or Illegaly Obtained Evidence
  • Admissions
  • Confession
  • Hearsay Evidence
  • Opinion Evidence
  • Character Evidence
  • Presumptions
  • Judicial Notice
  • Estoppel
  • Proof of Custom
  • Burden of Proof and Standard of Proof
  • Taking of Oral Evidence and Examination of Witnesses
  • Admissibility of Statement Made in Special Circumstance
  • Corroboration
  • Official and Privileged Communication
  • Competence and Compellability
  • Documentary Evidence
  • Primary and Secondary Documentary Evidence
  • Affidavit Evidence
  • Admissibilty of Computer and Electronic Evidence
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Simon Uchenna Ortuanya

Professor Simon Uchenna Ortuanya, formerly Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, and Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Enugu State University of Science and Technology, [ESUT], Enugu, Visiting Scholar, Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, is currently the Secretary to Enugu State Government, Nigeria.

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