In recognition of the crucial role judges and lawyers play in the criminal justice sector, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS)
The Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 is expected to yield positive results in the criminal justice system in Nigeria. The provisions of the Act which expressly applies to the FCT courts and Federal High Court is gradually gaining grounds in the states through enactment of respective state laws. Presently, 14 states have enacted their respective versions of ACJA.
NIALS identifies that unfamiliarity with the provisions of the law on the part of key stakeholders frustrates the desired results which the Act is meant to achieve. Hence, the institute, in collaboration with MacArthur Foundation in its commitment to improving implementation and compliance with ACJA organised this training Workshop on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 for the Nigerian Bar Association.
This training is one in the series of trainings for lawyers on the effective implementation of and compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 which is part of the wider initiative of the MacArthur Foundation to improve the justice sector in Nigeria. The Institute identifies that proper implementation of the Act has the potential of improving the criminal justice administration in Nigeria. However, proper implementation is unachievable in the absence of familiarity with the legislation by key stakeholders of the criminal justice system. Hence with the support of the Mac Arthur Foundation, NIALS project on the implementation of ACJA has at its core, the training of key stakeholders such as judicial officers, members of the private and public bar who operate within the criminal justice system.
Those in attendance were The Director Africa, MacArthur Foundation, Mr Kole Shetimma, The President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr A.B Mahmmud SAN, represented by the Unity branch Chairman Mr K ayode Abimbola while The training Faculty comprised of Professor Adedeji Adekunle, SAN, Prof. Paul Idornigie, SAN, FCIArb, and Mr. O.M Ayotebi, Mr David Oluwagbami, Dr Ibe Ifeakandu, Professor Emily Alemika ,Professor Lanre Onadeko, Dr Habila Ardzard.
Topics treated are Arrest Remand and Bail Proceedings, Plea Bargaining and Non-Prosecution Agreements’, Interlocutory Applications, Adjournments and Timelines under ACJA, Disclosure Protocols under ACJA, Witness Management and Protection.
A staff of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is on a one month Fellowship in University of Cape Town.