Held at Kaduna on 28th – 28th September 2015.
The Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 was signed into law in May, 2015 by the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan. The purpose of this Act is to ensure that the system of Administration of Criminal justice in Nigeria promotes efficient management of Criminal justice institutions, protect the interests of the suspect, the defendant and the victim. It is tailored to effectively address criminal justice Matters in Nigeria and reflect international best practices in the administration of criminal justice.
It is against this backdrop and considering the crucial role the Judiciary plays in the criminal justice system, the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) in conjunction with the UNODC deemed it appropriate to organize this orientation workshop for the FCT Judiciary which is geared towards ensuring effective implementation of the Act. The venue of the Workshop was ASSA Pyramid Hotel, Kaduna State. The chairman of the event was the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON FNIALS, who was ably represented by Hon Justice Mohammed Tanko, JSC, FNIALS, also in attendance were Hon Justice Ishaq Bello The Chief Judge of the Federal capital Territory, Professor Adedeji Adekunle, Director General Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Mrs.Ugonna Ezekwem (representative of UNODC) Dr. P. Orakwe (Prisons) Mr Kefas Magaji, chairman- Nigerian Law Reform Commission
The participants of this two days workshop were Judges and Magistrates of the FCT Judiciary. At the end of workshop, the participants were acquainted of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and better equipped to play their strategic role in the effective implementation of this new legislation and they were also urged by the Chief Judge of the FCT, Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello to be proactive and circumspective in the implementation of the Act in his closing remarks.