The Advanced Course in Practice and Procedure is one of the Institute’s oldest
courses introduced over three decades ago in response to the need for continuing Legal Education of private Legal Practitioners, Judges, Magistrates, State Counsel, Corporate Lawyers, Legal Advisers and Law Officers in Federal and State Agencies. This bespoke edition was tailor-made to sharpen the skills of the staff of the Kaduna state Ministry of Justice (MOJ) in the application of the rules of practice and procedure in modern legal practice including the Kaduna State Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL).
In delivering the opening remarks on behalf of Mrs Unma Hikima, the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Kaduna State, Mr Chris Umar, the Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General MOJ Kaduna thanked the Director General for collaborating with the MOJ Kaduna in bringing the bespoke training to Kaduna. He appreciated the course content and the faculty. The Director General thanked the MOJ for the confidence reposed in NIALS in structuring the Course. The Director-General NIALS also thanked the NIALS faculty present.
The Course took place over two days at the Asaa Pyramid Hotel Kaduna and was jointly declared open by the Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice of Kaduna, Unma Hikima and the Director General of the NIALS Prof Adedeji Adekunle SAN. The Course was coordinated by Castro Nwabuzor, the Coordinator Centre for Continuing Legal Education, NIALS.
The Course comprised paper presentations, panel discussions and practical exercises. The Faculty included:
a) Prof M Tabui SAN, (represented by Professor A Ahmed of Bayero University Kano) - Criminal justice system and institutional mechanisms for implementation
b) Paul Erokoro SAN - Election petitions practice and procedure
c) Austin Emumejakpor - case management and speedy justice delivery under the ACJL and coordinating investigation and prosecution of crimes under the ACJL
d) Okey Benedict Agu - Public interest litigation and fundamental human rights enforcement procedure
e) Geoffrey Okorie - Digital Forensics and preparation of Expert witnesses
f) Olufemi Fatunde - Cross examination techniques in civil and criminal trials
g) Agada Elachi - Alternative Dispute resolution practice and procedure
h) Festus Okoye and Maxwell Kyon - Pleadings and Drafting of Briefs; Principles and Techniques.
There were panel discussions and the faculty included Professor Adedeji Adekunle SAN, Chris Umar, Permanent Secretary and Solicitor General MOJ, Mr Benedict Agu (NIALS), Director of Public Prosecution Kaduna, and Okike Aja-Nwachuku (NIALS). The practical exercises were administered by Castro Nwabuzor.
A total of 40 staff of the Ministry of Justice Kaduna were trained. The course content and the presentations were generally rated as very good the participants particularly liked the presentations on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Cross Examination Techniques and Election Petitions.