Former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Uwais has stated that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act is competent enough in addressing the downside in the old law.
He disclosed this recently at a workshop/training organised by a non-governmental organisation, Board of Governors of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, for magistrates, prosecutors and lawyers in the Federal Capital Territory organised towards the implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 in Abuja.
The eminent jurist stressed that the essence of the workshop was not to point accusing fingers on anybody but to exchange ideas and reason with one another on how best to use the law to the advantage of the entire society, while ensuring justice and fairness to all parties.
Justice Uwais, who is also the chairman, Board of Governors of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, observed that the training would give lawyers, prosecutors and magistrates the opportunity to share ideas and proffer solutions to some of the challenges that militate against speedy trial of criminal matter, which he noted was one of the reasons why the new ACJ Act was enacted.
In his remarks, the Chief Judge of the FCT, Justice Ishaq Bello said that the new ACJ Act was an improvement on the old Criminal law, and that prosecutors and lawyers generally should ensure that the reason for enacting the law was realised by avoiding unnecessary delays in trial.
Executive director of Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, Mr. Sylvester Uhaa in his speech maintained that the essence of the workshop was to ensure smooth implementation of the new ACJ Act and to ensure the protection of the rights of detainees and defendants.
He was optimistic that the workshop would be of benefit to lawyers, prosecutors and magistrates in the FCT.


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