Nigerian Inner Bar
In the Nigerian legal profession, the conferment of the rank of the Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is a privilege. Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is a rank that may be conferred on legal practitioners in Nigeria of not less than ten years’ standing who have distinguished themselves in the profession. It is the equivalent of the rank of Queen’s Counsel in the United Kingdom, (from which Nigeria became independent in 1960 and a Republic in 1963), as well as in South Australia, the Northern Territory, and Canada (except Ontario and Quebec). Several countries use similar designations such as Senior Counsel, State Counsel, Senior Advocate, and President’s Advocate. In the Republic of South Africa, Trindad and Tobago and Guyana, the title it was renamed Senior Counsel. In India and Bangladesh, it was called President’s Counsel. However, in Nigeria, it was and is still called: Senior Advocate of Nigeria (S.A.N.)
Senior Advocates of Nigeria constitute the Nigerian ‘Inner Bar’ as distinguished from the ‘Outer Bar’ or ‘Utter Bar’ which consists of the rest of the qualified advocates.