- Senior Advocate of Nigeria
Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is a rank that may be conferred on legal practitioners in
Nigeriaof not less than ten years' standing and who have distinguished themselves in the legal profession. It is the equivalent of the rank of Queen's Counselin the United Kingdom, from which Nigeriabecame independent in 1960(Republic 1963), as well as in South Australia, the Northern Territory, and Canada(except Ontarioand Quebec). Several countries use similar designations such as Senior Counsel, State Counsel, Senior Advocate, and President's Advocate. A Senior Advocate of Nigeria is said to have been admitted to the "Inner Bar", as distinguished from the "Outer", or "Utter", Bar, consisting of junior advocates ("See Call to the bar").
The appointment is made by the Legal Practitioners' Privileges Committee, which consists of the Chief Justice (Chairman), Attorney-General, one Justice of the Supreme Court (chosen by the Chief Justice and the Attorney-General for a term of two years, renewable on one occasion only), the President of the Court of Appeal, five of the Chief Judges of the States (chosen by the Chief Justice and the Attorney-General for a term of two years, renewable on one occasion only), the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, and five legal practitioners who are Senior Advocates of Nigeria (chosen by the Chief Justice and the Attorney-General for a term of two years, renewable on one occasion only).
The title was first conferred on
April 3 1975, on which occasion the recipients were Chief F.R.A. Williams and Dr Nabo Graham-Douglas. As of August 17 2005233 lawyers had become Senior Advocates of Nigeria.
Renowned Senior Advocates of Nigeria
Babatunde Raji Fashola
* [http://www.nigeria-law.org/Legal%20Practitioners%20Act.htm Legal Practitioners Act, Chapter 207, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (see §5)]
* [http://www.vanguardngr.com/articles/2002/north/nt217082005.html Ise-Oluwa Ige, Law School DG, Delta Attorney General, 13 others emerge SANs, "Vanguard" (August 17 2005)]
*Ilegbune, 16 others elevated to Inner Bar [http://www.guardiannewsngr.com/news/article02//indexn2_html?pdate=311007&ptitle=17%20new%20senior%20advocates%20of%20Nigeria%20emerge]
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