Monday, May 20, 2024

New move to help Nigerians access justice, fair play underway – AGF Fagbemi


The Lawyer Common of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi has stated a brand new transfer to make Nigerians entry justice and truthful play unhindered is underway for the citizenry.

To make the brand new transfer achievable, many of the legal guidelines together with electoral legal guidelines are to be up to date below a brand new justice sector reform.

At a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, the AGF revealed that the Federal Ministry of Justice and the Nigerian Bar Affiliation NBA are placing collectively a brand new Nationwide Summit on the Justice sector the place all elements hindering the effectiveness of Nigerian legal guidelines could be tackled.

The President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in accordance with the AGF would on April 24, 2024, declare the Nationwide Summit open to deal with important challenges within the nation’s justice sector in Abuja.

In accordance with Fagbemi, the anticipated Nationwide Summit on Justice, holding from April 24 to 25, 2024 might be hosted by the Federal Ministry of Justice, alongside the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, NBA, and the Nationwide Judicial Council (NJC).

The Nationwide Summit, with the theme, “Repositioning the Justice System: Constitutional, Statutory, and Operational Reforms for Entry and Effectivity”, the Minister stated, might be held on the Auditorium of the Nationwide Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja.

The occasion, Fagbemi stated, will handle the numerous challenges plaguing Nigeria’s justice sector and pave the best way for much-needed reforms that may make justice extra accessible to all Nigerians.

He stated the Summit will deliver collectively consultants, authorized professionals and key stakeholders from throughout the nation to have interaction in constructive discussions and develop sensible options that prioritize the justice wants of the typical Nigerian.

In his phrases, “The Nationwide Summit on Justice presents a novel alternative to collectively deal with the urgent points hindering the environment friendly, truthful, and people-centred supply of justice in our nation.

“The Joint Planning Committee established by the Federal Ministry of Justice and the NBA, headed by the Chairman of the NBA Judiciary Committee, Dr Babatunde Ajibade, SAN has assembled a exceptional group of audio system and panellists to share their invaluable data and experience and proffer constructive options for making the justice system extra environment friendly and accessible to all Nigerians”, the AGF and Minister of Justice said.

He added that the summit will characteristic a keynote handle by Dr Willy Mutunga, EGH, a famend authorized scholar, jurist and former Chief Justice of Kenya, celebrated for his dedication to democratic rules and human rights, and for the transformative judicial reform that came about in Kenya below his watch.

One of many Summit’s targets, the Minister stated, is to overview, validate, and undertake the revised Nationwide Coverage on Justice 2024 – 2028 to drive jail reforms, entry to justice for the typical Nigerian, in addition to the overview of electoral legal guidelines and procedures in dealing with election-related instances, amongst a number of different reforms.

He stated, “This complete coverage doc outlines a broad framework and initiatives in 17 thematic areas aimed toward reforming the justice sector to reinforce its effectiveness and accessibility to all Nigerians, guaranteeing that justice is not only a privilege for the few, however a proper for all.

“The coverage goals to deal with varied challenges throughout the authorized framework, searching for to advertise social cohesion, bolster financial improvement, and foster good governance”.

He added additional that, the Summit will deliberate on draft legislations proposed to deal with particular recognized challenges throughout the justice sector, regarding the judicial appointments course of, administration, funding and budgeting for the judiciary, the elimination of delays and inefficiencies in justice supply and to evolve methods to cut back the period of time for adjudication of instances, remove among the related technicalities, and cut back the variety of instances attending to the Supreme Court docket.

“On this regard, we intend to take a look at a state of affairs the place many instances will terminate on the courtroom of enchantment to cut back the burden on our noble justices of the Supreme Court docket.

“These proposed legal guidelines are anticipated to function a catalyst for collective motion and supply a guiding framework for related governmental establishments at each the nationwide and sub-national ranges to determine an efficient, environment friendly, and people-centred justice system”.

The nation, he stated, can’t afford to stay complacent within the face of the obstacles impeding the environment friendly supply of justice for all Nigerians, including that, “the Summit will current a possibility for us to unite our efforts, leverage our collective experience, and chart a course towards a extra simply and equitable society”.

Fagbemi expressed the hope that the Nationwide Summit on Justice will usher in a brand new period of optimistic change and progress within the nation’s justice sector, and guarantee a good, accessible, and environment friendly authorized system that upholds the rule of legislation whereas safeguarding basic human rights.

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