Improving Administration of Justice
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The Justice Sector Reform Team in the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation is currently working on a justice sector reform plan that would be launched in the coming days. This plan seeks to tackle the challenges facing the justice sector while proffering strategies towards dealing with the challenges across the country. The Draft Justice Sector Reform was discussed at a Consultative Session on 31st May, 2016 and would be finalized before the end of August, 2016. The team is also reviewing various sector related policies such as the Prosecution Policy and Asset Recovery Policies.
Inauguration of the Cyber Crime Advisory Council
Following the enactment of the Cyber Crime Bill into law in 2015, the new administration under the leadership of the Attorney General of the Federation and the National Security Adviser has inaugurated the Cyber Crime Advisory Council. The Council is a statutory body under the Cyber Crime Act, 2015. The mandate of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice is set out under Section 41 (2) and he is expected to undertake the following measures with regard to the implementation of the law.
Section 41 (2) states that the Attorney General of the Federation shall strengthen and enhance the existing legal framework to ensure:
i. Conformity of Nigeria’s cyber crime and cyber security laws and policies with regional and international standards;
ii Maintenance of international co-operation required for preventing and combating cybercrimes and promoting cyber security; and
iii Effective prosecution of cyber crimes and cyber security matters.
Section 57 further empowers the Attorney General of the Federation to make regulations for the effective enforcement and prosecution under the Act, including procedures to ensure payment of the levy imposed under this Act.
Inauguration of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee
The Attorney General of the Federation in compliance with the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) Act, 2015 and in coordination with the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja has inaugurated the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee. The Committee is a statutory committee provided under the ACJ Act, 2015. The objective of this Committee is to implement Sections 469 to 476 of the Administration of Criminal Justice (ACJ) Act 2015. The Act empowers the Attorney General of the Federation to appoint the Secretary of the Committee for the effective implementation of the law. The Secretary shall be responsible for the execution of the policy of the Committee and for the day-to-day running of the affairs of the Committee.
The activities of the ACJMC are to:
· Develop measures to ensure the speedy dispensation of criminal matters;
· Recommend the procedure for reduction of congestion in prisons;
· Reduce detention in prisons for awaiting trials persons (ATP);
· Ensure cooperation among all relevant justice sector institutions;
· Collate, analyze and publish information on administration of criminal justice in Nigeria;
· File reports on a quarterly basis to the CJN;
Carry out other activities as may be necessary for the effective and efficient administration of justice.