Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, a Non-Governmental Organisation, on Friday urged stakeholders in the judicial sector to ensure speedy dispensation of justice in the country’s legal system.
The call was contained in a communiqué signed by Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George at the end of the 3-day Judicial Colloquium on the 2015 Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) in Abuja.
According to the communiqué, the stakeholders have roles to play to ensure that the intent of the Act was realised.
“The Chief Judge and the Attorney-General as critical stakeholders must therefore assist to ensure that the intents and purpose of the ACJA is realised.
“The objective of the Act is to promote speedy dispensation of justice, protect the rights and interests of the defendant and victims.
“Part of the objective is to encourage restorative justice and modernises criminal justice tools ’’ the communiqué said.
The communiqué also urged stakeholders to ensure that public confidence was reposed on the judicial system and through effective functioning of the Act.
It called on states yet to adopt the Act to do so to protect the rights of citizens and increase oversight of state leadership of criminal justice institutions.
The communiqué also called for harmonisation of rules and procedure for criminal cases across courts and across states.
Akinseye-George had on Wednesday in his speech during the opening ceremony called for domestication of the Act by all states of the federation.
According to him, such law was necessary as it was one of the pillars of the legal system in any civilised society.