Federal Government Launches Ambitious Judicial Reform Initiative

Federal Government Launches Ambitious Judicial Reform Initiative

April 12, 2024 0 By Fasholu Gabriel Oluwatobi

Subheading: Attorney-General Unveils Plans to Overhaul Nigeria’s Legal System

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), has announced a sweeping reform initiative aimed at revolutionizing Nigeria’s judicial system. In a press conference held in Abuja yesterday, Fagbemi outlined the government’s commitment to ensuring easy access to justice for all Nigerians.

Key Points:

Comprehensive Reform: Fagbemi emphasized the need to revise existing laws, including electoral laws, as part of the overhaul of the justice sector.

National Summit: 

The Federal Ministry of Justice, in collaboration with the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the National Judicial Council (NJC), is organizing a National Summit on the Justice Sector. Scheduled for April 24-25, 2024, in Abuja, the summit aims to address critical issues hindering the proper functioning of Nigerian laws.

Inauguration: President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is set to officially inaugurate the National Summit on April 24, signaling the government’s commitment to prioritizing judicial reform.

Collaborative Effort: 

The Joint Planning Committee, led by Dr. Babatunde Ajibade (SAN), has assembled a diverse group of speakers and panelists to provide insights and solutions for enhancing the efficiency and accessibility of the justice system.

Policy Framework: 

Fagbemi unveiled a comprehensive policy document outlining initiatives in 17 thematic areas, aimed at making the justice system more effective and accessible to all Nigerians. The policy seeks to promote social cohesion, drive economic development, and strengthen governance.

In his remarks, Fagbemi stressed the importance of ensuring that justice is not a privilege for the few but a fundamental right for all citizens. 

The government’s ambitious reform agenda signals a significant step towards achieving a more equitable and transparent legal system in Nigeria.

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