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Africa: sub-Saharan jurisdictions: Legal history

Subjects: Law - Foreign Law

Legal History of Sub-Saharan Africa: colonial period and post independence

The "Repugnancy Test"

Supreme Court Ordinance of 1876 of the Colony of Lagos.

Nothing in this Ordinance shall deprive the Supreme Court of the right to observe and enforce the observance, or shall deprive any person of the benefit, of any law or custom existing in the said Colony and Territories subject to its jurisdiction, such law or custom not being repugnant to natural justice, equity and good consciousness, nor incompatible either directly or by necessary implication with any enactment of the Colonial Legislature existing at the commencement of this Ordinance, or which may afterwards come into operation

For the pre-colonial period

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