Mai Tangaram v. Mai Taxi: Jurisdiction of the Sharīʿa Court of Appeal of Borno State, Nigeria

This suit filed before the High Court of Borno State, Nigeria, centered on the question of whether the Borno State legislature can constitutionally extend the jurisdiction of the Sharīʿa Court of Appeal beyond questions of Islamic personal law to other civil and criminal matters. The Court answered in the negative. Because the jurisdiction of the High Court and the Sharia Courts of Appeal is regulated by the Constitution, the Court determined that varying its jurisdiction would require an amendment of the Constitution rather than mere legislation.

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