Enugu State Justice Reform team made up of members drawn from NBA, FIDA, TAMARSAC, J4A, Customary Court of Appeal, etc, has made case for the establishment of a forensic laboratory in Enugu State to aid quick dispensation of justice.
Facilitator of the committee, Mrs Justina Offiah, one time Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General who led the team on a courtesy visit to the speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Edward Ubosi, in his office, said criminal cases were often delayed because forensic lab was only located in Lagos.
Offiah therefore posited that with the establishment of a forensic lab in Enugu, criminal cases that hitherto lingered in courts would be dispensed with easily and in the process decongest police cells and prisons.
She pointed out that because of the non-existence of a forensic lab in Enugu, judicial process was often delayed while waiting for results from the Lagos Forensic Lab.
The former Attorney General said that part of the reasons why they embarked on the visit was to intimate the speaker on a proposed bill on justice reform that might soon be presented to the House for consideration.
She said the bill, if passed into law, would stipulate the procedure for arrest, custody and bail to be in line with the contemporary time, adding that things change as days unfold.
Offiah said that the bill would also seek to amend the existing criminal procedural law.
“We want to make the criminal law very proactive,” she said pointing out that at the federal level, the law had been amended.
The legal luminary expressed the view that when the reform takes place, it would bring about remedial measures instead of being a punitive measure.
The team also used the occasion to intimate the speaker that they would host a summit of the justice reform teams which many states would participate in and coming up in November at Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu.
Appreciating the team’s visit, Hon. Edward Ubosi told them that judiciary was the last hope of the common man and urged them to come any time they needed their assistance.

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