On Friday 6th July, 2018, the Rule of Law Empowerment Initiative also known as Partners West Africa-Nigeria flagged off their first quarter press conference on The Release of Court Findings in Lagos State Judicial System. In a bid to enhance integrity in the Nigerian Judicial System, promote implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law in Nigeria
237 respondents making up 44percent of the total have been trained on the contents of the ACJL 2011; out of which 78percent said the training was provided by their employers
PWAN took it upon itself to research and come out with some of the challenges faced with quick dispensation of justice in Lagos State judicial system with much focus on the State High Courts. PWAN gave recommendations during presentation on the findings of court observation on administration of criminal justice act, ACJL, held at Amber Residence, 16 Esugbayi Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
Speaking on the report findings, the Chairman of NBA, Ikeja branch, Prince Deke Oloke calls for a symbiotic relationship between government and the Judiciary that will lead to proper funding of the system to enhance transparency and accountability of justice in the country
While reacting on the Capacity building and knowledge of Administration of Criminal Justice Law, PWAN Program Manager Barbara Maigari noted that 56percent of the criminal justice actors surveyed have “read some provisions of the ACJL 2011 that apply to their functions and power”
“237 respondents making up 44percent of the total have been trained on the contents of the ACJL 2011; out of which 78percent said the training was provided by their employers”
PWAN also called on the state government to fill some gaps that could lead to corrupt practices in the judiciary such as making members of the public and all costs to be involved in the criminal justice system.
She expressed the readiness of the PWAN and other Criminal justice stakeholders to continue monitoring activities in the judiciary in Lagos State to ensure transparency and integrity prevail.
As stated above in the Introduction, coverage was fair. A number of the coverage received shows that PWAN focal area of enhancing integrity in the Nigeria Judicial System has such wide-ranging interest that can generate great media mileage if a proper media plan is devised.