The ‘Lawyers companion’ book launched in Accra
Two lawyers, Mr Christopher Nyinevi and Mr Kwamina Mensah have launched the maiden edition of their book entitled, ‘The Lawyers Companion: A Guide to Researching Ghanaian case law’ in Accra.
The book complied within eight months, is an attempt by the authors to solve the problems of lawyers having to search for cases to support their arguments in journal articles, judgments or written submissions.
Mr Christopher Nyinevi said the over 850 paged book has complied Ghanaian case law principles from 1959 to 2015.
He said “we also have in it the relevant legal principles or holdings under a short heading followed by the case or cases in which they can be found. The principles are further grouped under specific subject areas for quick reference”.
He said in all the book has 18 chapters covering subjects including civil procedure, criminal procedure, land law and conveyancing and the law of evidence.
Mr Nyinevi expressed appreciation to all who helped them in coming up with the work and expressed the hope that legal practitioners across the country would find it useful in writing judgments, statement of case, and preparing notes for class and exams.
Justice Jones Dotse, Justice of the Supreme Court, said the book has come to fill the vacuum created by the lack of a detailed index on the Ghanaian case law and the unavailability of detailed source of reference guidelines for cases on subject matters.
He said the book is like a ready reckoner for the law student, the practitioner and the judge who need some authorities quickly to conclude a decision.
Justice Dotse lauded the initiative of the two lawyers and congratulated them for their bold initiative in embarking upon the crusade to enrich the legal landscape.
Justice Suleiman Gbadegbe, Justice of the Supreme Court, in launching the book, also commended the young lawyers for their initiative and encouraged them not to relent in their efforts to producing more books on law that would help the legal profession.