The Nigerian Weekly Law Reports (NWLR) was established in 1985 by Chief Ganiyu Oyesola Fawehinmi, SAN (1938-2009). It was the first of its kind in Nigeria and Africa.
The Nigerian Weekly Law Reports (NWLR), as the name implies, is published on a weekly basis. Its maiden edition was released on Tuesday, 1st October 1985 with the following message from the founder who also served as the founding Editor:
“NIGERIAN WEEKLY LAW REPORTS starts today, Tuesday the 1st of October, 1985. My aim is to make the laws of Nigeria available to all and sundry as quickly as possible. The decisions of the courts which constitute a fundamental part of our laws must be made more readily accessible with a view to ensuring that the learned men at the Bar and on the Bench are more learned and the entire spectrum of the Administration of Justice more JUST.”
The Reports continues to set records and standards in law reporting in Nigeria.
It is the longest consecutive running Law reports in the history of legal profession in Nigeria and Africa, already reaching a milestone of 35 unbroken years for a weekly publication.
As it marches on to is fourth decade of existence, the Nigerian Weekly Law Reports is poised to embark on an exciting adventure in modern law reporting. The electronic version of the reports is being rolled out to make them more readily available and friendlier as definitive tools of legal research and knowledge.
The dream of the founder of the Nigerian Weekly Law Reports lives on in the publication after his demise.
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