The foundation for the All Nigeria Law Report (All NLR) was laid in 1961 and as the official Law Report in Nigeria it was being published by the Federal Ministry of Justice together with the Justice Journal until the year 1990 when the publications ceased.
However, in 2005, realizing its importance and relevance to the legal profession and justice sector, the Ministry sought and obtained the approval of the President to set up the department of Law Reporting and one of the Immediate functions of this Department is to revive the publication of the all Nigeria Law Report, the Justice Journal and other legal and intellectual publications. The discontinuity of the All Nigeria Law Report between 1990 and 2005 propelled the emergence of many private law reporters who took over the business of law reporting in the country.
However, due to certain deficiencies associated with these law reports published by private individuals and organizations, the Federal Government considered it necessary in 2005 to have an authentic superior of the most important decisions of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Court of Appeal, Federal High Courts and the High Courts of the various States. It also considered it important to revive the publication of the Justice Journal and other legal and intellectual publication of the Ministry which will serve as veritable source of reference materials, which lawyers, Judges, legal researchers and other users will be confident to rely on and use as a result of their integrity, credibility, richness and quality of contents. It was against the above background and to ensure the success of this laudable project that a structural framework of an 18 man Editorial Board was set up and charged with the responsibility of supervising the publication of the all Nigeria Law Report. Again a 17 man Additional Board was established for the publication of the justice. Journal and other legal and intellectual publication.
To have a qualitative publication, the ministry has cause to be published 10 volumes of the back log of the law reports from 1990 to 2005. These volume are also in electronic form. The existing volume from 1961 to 1990 have also been capture in a CD-ROM version and are available on the internet for registered users. The future volume covering reported case from 2006 onwards would be done quarterly and eventually weekly. They would also be available in CD-ROM and on the internet.
The vision of the department is to be the leading authority in the exposition of the law and legal issues of contemporary relevance through the publication of reliable, credible, affordable and authoritative law reports and other legal and intellectual publications of international standard.
To collect, collate and publish authentic, credible, qualitative, rich and affordable Law Report and to publish and circulate the justice Journal and other legal and intellectual publications where contemporary legal and intellectual issues are discussed and analysed.
1. Publication of the All Nigeria Law Reports (All NLR)
2. Publication of the Justice Journal
3. Publication of other legal and intellectual publications
4. Marketing of the publications
5. Publication of the electronic format
6. Provision of internet access for the All NLR
7. Proffering of legal advice and attending meetings
The Department as the official publication arm of the Ministry produces the authentic Law Report of the most important decided cases of the superior courts of record in Nigeria which serve as a veritable source of reference material, which lawyers, Judges, legal researchers and other users would be confident to use as a result of its integrity, editorial work, the quality of its contents and affordability.
The Department similarly publishes the Justice Journal and other legal and intellectual publications which provide additional means of disseminating information about the Ministry and serve as a platform for informed discussion and analysis of legal issues of contemporary relevance.
The publications are done regularly, promptly and with extensive coverage of contemporary and relevant legal issues at an affordable and reasonable cover prize.
The Department in collaboration with the Publishers is engaged in sustained marketing strategy to make the publications accessible to all users.
Grievance Redress Mechanism
The draft Law Reports, the Justice Journal and other legal and intellectual publications of the Ministry are usually subjected to high level scrutiny and criticisms before processing and final publication. However, in the event of any complaints arising either before or after the publication of the Law reports, journals and other legal and intellectual publications, reference should be made in writing to: Director Law Reporting Department, Federal Ministry of Justice Abuja.
The Staff of the Department are required to undertake visitations to the courts of record for the collection of raw judgements delivered by the courts. the staff then analyze and summarizes the raw judgements formulae and develop issues from the judgement, edit, proof-read and participate in the publication of the Law Reports and the other legal and intellectual publications.
They are also required to apply themselves to the work and produce the best, timely quality result. The work of the Department is specialized and research based.
The Department links up with the Department of planning, Research and statistics of the Ministry to produce a database on determined and various aspects of case law together with all the laws reported with annotations to serve as an aid to legal researchers, Judges, legal practitioners and other interested stakeholders.
The Department maintains a cordial relationship with other justice sector stakeholders whereby well thought out Article, which deal with topical issues, especially from the perspective of contributing to the development of Nigerian Jurisprudence and administration of justice and beyond are forwarded to the department for consideration and possible publication in the Justice Journal.
The various Departments in the Ministry and the legal units of the various Ministries submit write-ups on their regular activities which are published in the Ministry’s Newsletter.