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Title:Palaces as court of arbitration in traditional Yoruba societies
Author:Olaoba, O.B.ISNI
Periodical:West African Journal of Archaeology
Geographic term:Nigeria
conflict resolution
customary law
customary courts
Abstract:This paper examines palaces as legal institutions where disputes are settled in the traditional Yoruba societies of Nigeria. First, it looks at other places of dispute settlement besides palaces, viz. marketplaces, open squares, religious shrines and family houses as well as the houses of ward or quarter chiefs. The most important venue of dispute settlement, however, is the Oba's residence, i.e. the palace. This is often the last court of appeal. The paper examines the court's organization and procedures as well as the nature of cases brought before the royal court. It also sheds light on the calibre of officials involved in the settlement of disputes, the nature of judgement and the type of punishment meted out during the judicial proceedings. Bibliogr.