Court of Law Vs Court of Conscience

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Since Nigeria gained independence on October 1st 1960, till this very moment, thousands of cases have been heard in the courts of law. Some cases have been won on merit, some won on legal technicalities, some won on bias and political prejudice. In fact, several Nigerian politicians and public servants have been tried in the Court of Law and several of them still have their heads up, shoulders high, flaunting their post-prison political powers, being welcomed with much fanfare, gaining more political points and getting more feathers to their caps even after being convicted or still facing long trials in the court.

Court, in a non-technical way can simply be said to be a gathering where judgments are made. For the purpose of this piece, I shall categorise court to exist in the following forms: Material and Idea. The material court is the court that exists in the physical and perceptible to sensory. It can be called the court of law. The court of Law can be said to be any perceptible individual or government institution with the exclusive right and authority to judge or adjudicate, legal disputes between conflicting parties. This could be in the form of adjudicating just desserts in criminal, civil and any other matter (Case) as it may arise in accordance with the law. While, the idea-court exist only in our thoughts and aids decisions; in other words, it can be said to exist in the mind as conscience. It can be called the court of conscience.

In the court of conscience, there are no physical lawyers. The court is situated in the mind and it is a production of thoughts. The court of conscience includes the advocate of the plaintiff, the advocate of the defendant and the judge being the … Read More...