Jul 28, 2019

Updates on the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015

Before the introduction of the ACJA Act, the criminal justice system was fraught with difficulties. Following the intervention of the law, a number of innovations emerged which not only prevented prolonged criminal trials but improved human rights in Nigeria. 

The ACJA merged the two criminal legislations- CPC and CPA. This act provides for the administration of criminal justice system which promotes efficient management of criminal justice institutions, speedy dispensation of justice, protection of the society from crime and protection of the rights and interest of the suspect, the defendant and victims in Nigeria.

Some key innovations in the act includes, speedy trial, suspended sentencing, community service, plea bargain, parole, trial of a corporation, compensation to victims of crimes and so on. It is worth to note that out of the thirty six states in the federation, twenty one states have adopted the Act.

The applicability of the Laws in these states are very challenging as stakeholders in the judiciary, including magistrates, lawyers and law officers are yet to demonstrate full awareness and commitment to the use or enforcement of the laws. For example, in Lagos State, there are still delays in trials, the constitutional ideal of not detaining an arrested person beyond 24 hours is still feasible in practice and so on.

The question that arises are, how is ACJL enforced in other states of the federation? Are there innovations peculiar to the different states?

The various  issues and challenges of instituting actions against Medical Practitioners and the way forward would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Tuesday, 27th August 2019

Time:  9.00 – 10.30

Venue: Lantana, Eko Hotel


Moderator: Chief Bayo Ojo

Panelists:     Hon. Justice Ishaq Bello(Chief Judge of the FCT)

Chinonye Obiagwu SAN

Uche Ihediwa

Cordelia U. Eke