IMPROVING ACCESS TO AFRICAN JURISPRUDENCE

Ensuring accessibility to the most important decisions of a nation’s courts is a vital component of developing legal certainty and transparency. In common law jurisdictions, case law is a primary source of law. Consequently, if significant cases are not reported and published, an essential source of law is lost. Case law has increasingly gained a foothold in civil law jurisdictions, albeit on a persuasive basis, especially where a sequence of similar cases all reach the same conclusion. As a result, the preservation and publication of the judgments of courts in those countries is growing in importance.

Regardless of the legal tradition of a jurisdiction, a legal system that incorporates a reliable system of law reporting and publication serves to encourage judges to include in their judgments the reasoning behind a decision. This not only helps to provide clarity on the law, but can also help to eliminate the possibility of summary justice being delivered without all relevant legal provisions being properly considered by a court. It is also informative of the grounds on which a decision might be appealed.

We work with Judiciaries, Law Reporting Institutions, Law Societies, Bar Associations and private practitioners to make the decisions of courts accessible to the legal profession and the general public.

Our case law publishing solutions create a quality print or online product that is easy and intuitive to use. Our digital publishing solutions allow for links to case law that is interpretative of one or more statutory provisions to be cross-referenced and accessed at the click of a mouse, and for researchers to track the treatment of a judgment in subsequent cases.

A PLATFORM FOR EXCELLENCE IN LEGAL REASONING

LexisNexis is playing an important role in ensuring that cases from national courts are accessible, thereby reducing reliance on judgments from other jurisdictions. However, LexisNexis also hosts a range of databases of law reports from across the Commonwealth, which enables us to cross-references judgments from African jurisdictions to cases from other jurisdictions that they may cite.