APPENDIX

THE VOLUME OF LITIGATION IN CUSTOMARY COURTS
ONDO: Average number of civil cases heard annually in all Courts in
Ondo District 1950-5. (1 Grade B Court -- the Ondo District
Native Court of Appeal -- and 10 Grade C Courts):
All cases -- 1620. Land 50 (3%); Matrimonial 1015 (63%);
Debt 340 (21%); Adultery 105 (6.5%);
Others 110 (7%).
Degree of litigation
All civil cases -- 150 approx. per 10,000 persons per annum.
Land cases -- 4.5 approx. per 10,000 persons per annum.
EKITI: Average number of civil cases heard annually in all Courts in
Ekiti Division, 1954-6 (1 Grade B Court -- the Ekiti Divisional
Native Court of Appeal -- 6 Grade C Courts -- 29 Grade D Courts):
All cases -- 4360. Land 36 (1%); Matrimonial 3040 (70%),
Debt 1034 (23%), Others 260 (6%).
Average number of civil cases in the Ekiti Divisional Native
Court of Appeal, 1950-6:
All cases -- 203. Land 18 (9%).
This court hears many land cases in the first instance --
principally those where the parties belong to different
Districts.
Average annual number of cases in Ado District Native Court
(Grade C) 1950-6:
All cases -- 475, Land 1.
Degree of litigation (Ekiti Division), 1954-6.
All civil cases -- 125 approx. per 10,000 persons per annum.
Land cases -- 1 approx. per 10,000 persons per annum.
IJEBU: Number of civil cases heard in all Courts in Ijebu Division in
1954.
All cases -- 3920. Land 150 (4%); Matrimonial 2693 (69%);
Adultery 85 (2%); Debt 666 (17%);
Others 326 (8%).
Detailed figures were not collected in Ijebu Division, but here,
as elsewhere, the proportion of land cases is higher in the
Judicial Council (the Ijebu Divisional Native Court of Appeal)
than in lower courts.
Degree of litigation, 1954
All civil cases -- 160 approx. per 10,000 persons per annum.
Land cases -- 6 approx. per 10,000 persons per annum.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Maps x
  • Preface xi
  • Part One - Concepts 1
  • 1. Prologue 3
  • 2. Customary Law 13
  • 3. Yoruba Towns 30
  • 4. Some Legal Concepts 60
  • Part Two - Four Kingdoms 95
  • 5. Ondo 97
  • 6. Ijebu 136
  • 7. Ado Ekiti 185
  • 8. Egba 225
  • Part Three - Some General Problems 277
  • 9. Succession 279
  • 10. Land and Credit 308
  • 11. the Sale of Land 326
  • 12. Equity 338
  • 13. Local Government Councils and Land 354
  • Appendix - The Volume of Litigation in Customary Courts 362
  • Select Bibliograph 364
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