Pleadings have key factors, principles and techniques, which legal practitioners are expected to be conversant with, as they play fundamental roles in litigation process.
The Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu made this assertion while addressing the 9th Ogun State Bar and Bench Forum, with the theme, ‘’Pleadings; Principles and Techniques’’, held in Abeokuta.
Dipeolu said the importance of continued legal education in Nigeria and particularly, in Ogun State could not be over emphasised, hence the theme for the Forum, which she noted was apt.
Delivering a lecture on the theme, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prince Adebambo Adesanya, defines pleadings as the bedrock of adjudication of disputes between parties, adding that every legal system needed a method of identifying disputes to be resolved in courts.
He emphasized the functions of pleadings to include; giving fair and proper notice, to enable his opponent frame and prepare his own case, for trial, define and delimit with clarity and precision on the real matters in the controversy between parties, constituting records of issues raised and serve as a useful guide in determining the jurisdiction of the court, amongst others.
Speaking at the event, the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr. Olumide Ayeni, said the role of the Bar and Bench was to protect the sanctity of constitutionalism in all ramifications by ensuring that due process was always followed, in accordance with the laws of the land, adding that pleadings are essential and important in respect to civil trials.