Documents That Cannot Be Tendered In Court From The Bar

Documents That Cannot Be Tendered In Court From The Bar

Documents That Cannot Be Tendered In Court From The Bar. Daily Law Tips (Tip 497) by Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK)

Ordinarily, documentary evidence is to be tendered in court by witness that is linked to such document. However, there is an exception to this principle/practise, the exception being cases where a lawyer doing a case can personally tender certain types of documents by himself from the bar on behalf of a party/witness.

“Certified true copy of a public document can be tendered from the Bar without formally tendering it through a witness vide Agagu v. Dawodu (1990) 7 NWLR (pt.160) 56, Anatogu v. Iweka II (1995) 9 S.C.N.J. 1, Progressive Action Congress v. INEC (2009) All FWLR (pt.478) 260, Magaji v. The Nigerian Army (2005) All FWLR (pt.257) 1511 at 1531, Aregbesola v. Oyinlola (2009) All FWLR (pt.472) 1147 at 1181, Our Line Limited v. S.C.C. Nigeria Limited (2009) All FWLR (pt.498) 210. Once so tendered and admitted in evidence the Court must then scrutinise it in considering the matter before it as proof it can be waived vide Our Line Limited v. S.C.C. Nigeria Limited (supra) at 251 ?per the judgment prepared by Chukwuma-Eneh, J.S.C. It follows that cross-examination on such a public document so admitted in evidence from the Bar would not arise…” Per IKYEGH ,J.C.A


The decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of ESEZOBOR v. SAID (2018) LPELR-46653(CA)









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