The MacArthur Foundation recently announced nearly $9 million in funding to advance accountability and anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria. The grants are part of the Foundation’s On Nigeria grant making, which seeks to reduce corruption by building an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and good governance in the country.
The NIALS Project aims to support the implementation of and compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (ACJA) through activities that will deepen understanding of the Act and improve the management and flow of criminal proceedings, including the prosecution of anti-corruption cases, to which the ACJA applies. By increasing knowledge and providing practical tools for stakeholders this project will enhance nationwide familiarity; reduce opportunities for delays in criminal proceedings and complement the efforts of Government and other stakeholders in the implementation of the ACJA.
The expected outcomes of this project include the development of curriculum based training on ACJA for the National Judicial Institute; a reduction in the level of inconsistent applications rulings and decisions in terms of the implementation of the ACJA; as well as an improved case management and reduction in trial time of criminal cases with the adoption of the tools and instruments drafted under this project.
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