Journal of
Law and Conflict Resolution

  • Abbreviation: J. Law Conflict. Resolut
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9804
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLCR
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 95

Full Length Research Paper

Administration of Justice in Nigeria : Analysing the Dominant Legal Ideology

Omoleye Benson Oluwakayode
  • Omoleye Benson Oluwakayode
  • Faculty of Law, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
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Eniola Bolanle Oluwakemi
  • Eniola Bolanle Oluwakemi
  • Faculty of Law, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 12 July 2016
  •  Accepted: 29 November 2017
  •  Published: 31 January 2018

Abstract

The paper critically examined the dominant legal ideology of the Nigerian judges and their attitudes towards statutory interpretation. This was done in the light of the traditional and modern methods, and techniques of judicial reasoning and decision making. It condemned the strict constructionist legal approach which appears to be the pervading orientation of the judges and called for a truly broad and liberal approach that will advance social justice and promote national development. The methodology used was that of analyzing and evaluating rules of statutory interpretation, and the methods and techniques of judicial reasoning and decision making.

Key words: Administration of justice, legal ideology.