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Published On: Mon, Dec 1st, 2014

Expert advocates use of plain English in parliamentary laws

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From Suleiman Idris, Lagos

A lawyer and Chief Executive Officer of Write House, Chinua Asuzu has advocated the liberalisation of access to legal documents and the drafting of parliamentary laws through the use of plain English in legal communication and writing.

The London trained expert  said Nigerians should be able to understand and sign legal document without the service of a lawyer and explain that documents for opening a bank account, insurance policies and the registrations of firm should be simplified in written language.

Asuzu spoke at the end of a three days legal-writing workshops for lawyers and judges drawn from across Nigeria at the Sheraton Hotels and Towels in Ikeja Lagos.

The CEO of the Write House said he will continue to promote the plain-English movement in Nigeria and said the training curriculum in Nigerian universities should be review to provision for a strong foundation for student of law the moment they are admitted to study law.

Asuzu explained that “The use of plain English has practical importance for a society like Nigeria; National Assembly laws are not made for lawyers alone but for all Nigerians so any high school graduate should ordinarily understand the language in which it is written.

“Something like a court judgement, the resolution of a dispute should also be written in plain English and devoid of legalese and verbose words that will confuse the readers”, he said.

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