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Oyo CJ calls for criminal justice system reform

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…as S/W judges undergo training

By Adeola Badru

AS judges in the South West zone of the country undergo training that would facilitate improvement in the administration of justice, the Oyo State Chief Judge, Hon Justice Munta Ladipo Abimbola has called for the holistic and innovative reforms of the existing legislation to tackle delayed trials and improve the efficiency of the Criminal Justice Administration in Nigeria.

Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) training

He made the call yesterday at a training workshop on the implementation of the Administration of Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 and ACJ Laws held in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

The workshop was organized by the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) with the support of John D and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation.

A similar workshop had earlier been organised at Ado Ekiti about two months ago to increase the knowledge of legal icons in the administration of justice.

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According to him, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act of May 2015 is a product of these efforts which objective is to ensure the administration of a criminal justice system that promotes efficient management of the Criminal Justice institutions, speedy dispensation of justice, protection of society from crime and protection of the rights and interest of a suspect, the defendant and

victims of crime in Nigeria.

The Act, he added, “introduced a number of innovations in the procedural Law in Nigeria to remove the delays. Sections 306 and 396 are intended at speedy trials. Stay of proceedings applications will no longer be entertained and objection to the validity of a charge shall be considered along with the substantive issues and ruling thereon shall only be made or the time of delivery of judgment.”

The CJ was hopeful that the two-day workshop would take the legal practitioners through all the areas and the effect it has on the criminal justice delivery services.

In attendance at the workshop were the Directors of Public Prosecution(DPP) from Oyo, Lagos and Osun states, judges from High courts and Chief Deputy Registrars of high courts. They all

underscored the importance of the workshop saying it would deepen their knowledge in the administration of justice.

The DPP Ogun and Lagos States who were represented by Olusegun Olaotan and Mrs Bunmi Olugasa respectively said the workshop would afford them opportunities to share experiences in an informal way.

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