Deji Sasegbon, SAN, Resurrects with New Publication
Published in seven volumes, the book, ‘Sasegbon’s Judicial Dictionary of Nigerian Law’ (also known by its acronym, SJD) is a comprehensive compilation of legal words and phrases. This authoritative, finely-researched publication is, from every conceivable measure, the definitive encyclopedia of legal definitions of Nigerian law. With its repertoire of over 150, 000 terms, it can be said to be the most authoritative, comprehensive law dictionary ever published in Nigeria.
This latest tour de force from the illustrious stable of DSC Publications was conceived by the prodigious mind of the late legal luminary, Ayodeji Sasegbon, SAN, who gave it its impetus before his untimely death in 2016. Sasegbon’s Judicial Dictionary of Nigerian Law is a complete statement of the entire body of Nigerian legal definitions as rendered in the language of the Courts, and based upon the authority of cases of Superior Courts. Completed and edited by his widow, Oge, along with the excellent team of scholars and editors Deji had put together at DSC Publications before his demise, led by the deputy Editor in Chief, Mr. Ehi Esoimeme, who shouldered the bulk of the responsibility of delivering the work volume by volume until its final completion. SJD comprises of historical and modern Nigerian cases up to 2018, as well as primary and subsidiary legislation.
This publication draws definite distinctions between key words and phrases – as opposed to just stating definitions word for word – thereby enabling the reader to gain a full, wholistic and contextual understanding of definitions. In most parts of the publication, the comparative approach is utilized as definitions are drawn from Federal and State Laws across the country. In addition to drawing distinctions between key words and phrases, the Dictionary also examines the effect of certain issues in the legal field.
A totally unique and additional scope to the Dictionary is the late Editor-in-Chief’s examination and application of ‘the effect’ of certain key definitions when applied in practice. This is contained in Volume 3 and represents a completely new creation within the purview of providing legal definitions.
The hallmark of Sasegbon’s Judicial Dictionary of Nigerian Law is Volume 7, which comprises of definitions of terms and phrases of Nigerian jurisprudence from the mind of the learned silk, Deji Sasegbon, SAN, himself. There are no cases or statutory references in this volume. Rather, it complements Volumes 1-6 with simple and lucid definitions which give further understanding to the more formal language of the other volumes. Volume 7 also contains illustrations of the actual application of the definitions to local real-life situations. Its contents are straightforward, easily comprehensible, and they give additional clarification to the legal and judicial definitions contained in the earlier Volumes (1-6).
An additional and equally unique feature of this publication is the provision of a Comprehensive Index, not just of the words and phrases that are defined therein, but also the Case Law and Statutes referred to throughout the publication. Also, of great value is the cross referencing, particularly between Volumes 1-6 and Volume 7.
This title, along with the author’s earlier publication, Sasegbon’s Laws of Nigeria (also referred to as the Encyclopedia of Nigerian Law), form the most comprehensive research tool available to lawyers and legal scholars in Nigeria today.
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