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Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) – Nigerian Legal Profession

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is the professional association to which all the legal practitioners in Nigeria (i.e. persons who have been called to the Nigerian Bar or specially authorised to practise by virtue of office) belong. Membership is automatic upon being called to the Bar, from which time members pay annual practising fees to the Registrar of the Supreme Court in accordance with section 8(2) of the Legal Practitioners Act 1975. The General Council of the Bar is the statutory body responsible for the general management of the affairs of the Nigerian Bar Association. The Bar Council consists of the Attorney-General of the Federation, who shall be the President of the Council; the Attorneys-General of the States; and twenty members of the Association.

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA): Payment of Annual Practising Fees and Compulsory Branch Registration 2014

The Nigerian Bar Association (a non-profit, umbrella professional association of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in Nigeria, engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria) has issued a notice titled . . .     Continue reading

Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Annual General Conference 2013

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) held her 53rd Annual General Conference at the Tinapa Business Resort, Calabar, Capital City of Cross River State, Nigeria, from 25 August 2013 to 30 August 2013. “Law, Leadership and Challenges of Nationhood in the 21st Century Nigeria” was the Conference theme. Professor Jonah Isawa Elaigwu, Emeritus Professor of Political Science, delivered the keynote speech on the theme of the Conference, while Hon. Justice S. M. A. Belgore (retired Chief Justice of Nigeria) chaired the opening ceremony.

About Nigerian Bar Association (NBA)

“The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) is a non-profit, umbrella professional association of all lawyers admitted to the Bar in Nigeria. It is engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria. It has an observer status with the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, and a working partnership with many national and international non-governmental organizations concerned with human rights, the rule of law and good governance in Nigeria and in Africa.

The NBA is made up of 100 branches, 3 professional sections, 2 specialized institutes, 6 practice-cadre forums, and high level leverage in the political society in Nigeria.

Its National Secretariat is managed from Abuja. Its organizational Structure comprises a National Executive Committee, a National Officers/ Management Board, Sections, forums, committees, Working Groups and a National Secretariat with a manpower strength of 41 staff as at June 2010.

The Nigerian Bar Association is a principled, people-centred organization, which takes with all seriousness, its leading role in advancing the reform of Nigeria’s laws, strengthening her access to justice institutions and promoting the rule of law and good governance.

The NBA also has commitment to strengthening legal skills and law practice of its members, and to improve the legal profession in order to meet the needs of the 21st century. It also seek to reposition its members to embrace and cope with the changes occasioned by globalization, information technology and economic developments, to enable the Nigerian lawyer and law firm compete in the international globalised market.

Conceptual Definition

To be in the vanguard for the promotion and defence of the rule of law, good governance, social justice and the dignity of all persons.


To rank among the foremost Bar Associations in the world.


To use the law as an instrument for social change.


  • Promoting the Rules of law.
  • Core Values
  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Courage
  • professionalism


  • Maintenance and defence of the integrity and independence of the Bar and the Judiciary in Nigeria.
  • Promotion and advancement of Legal Education, Continuing Legal Education, Advocacy and Jurisprudence.
  • Improvement of the system of administration of justice, its procedure and the arrangement of court business and regular law reporting.
  • Establishment, maintenance and efficient operation of a system of prompt and efficient legal aid and assistance for those in need but who are unable to pay for same.
  • Promotion and support of law reform.
  • Maintenance of the highest standards of professional conduct, etiquette and discipline.
  • Promotion of good relations among the members of the Association and between them and lawyers of other countries.
  • Promotion of co-operation between the Association and other National or International Law Organizations and such other bodies as may be approved by the National Executive Committee.
  • Encouragement and protection of the right of access to courts at reasonably affordable fees and of representation by counsel before courts and tribunals.
  • Encouragement of the establishment of a National Law Library.
  • Promotion and protection of the principles of the rule of law and respect for enforcement of fundamental rights, human rights and people’s rights.
  • Creation of schemes for the encouragement of newly qualified members and assistance to aged or incapacitated members of the Association.
  • Establishment of schemes for the promotion of the welfare, security and economic advancement of members of the legal profession.
  • Creation and maintenance of an Endowment Fund for the proper observance and discharge of any of these aims and objects.”

SOURCE: Nigerian Bar Association website (accessed 17 July 2013)




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