Federal Govt plans summit to address critical challenges in justice sector

The Federal Government says it will convene a national policy summit on April 24 to address critical challenges in the justice sector.

Justice Minister Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) announced this while addressing reporters yesterday in Abuja.

The minister said the summit is organised by the Ministry of Justice, alongside the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the National Judicial Council (NJC).

According to reports the theme of the summit is: Repositioning the Justice System: Constitutional, Statutory, and Operational Reforms for Access and Efficiency.

Fagbemi noted that the summit would usher in a new era of positive change and progress in the justice sector.

He said it would also work towards having a fair, accessible, and efficient legal system that upholds the rule of law while safeguarding fundamental human rights.

“This crucial event seeks to address the significant challenges plaguing Nigeria’s justice sector and pave the way for much-needed reforms that will make justice more accessible to all Nigerians.

According to him, the summit will also deliberate on draft legislations proposed to address specific identified challenges within the justice sector, especially those relating to the judicial appointments process, administration, funding and budgeting for the judiciary.

The minister explained that the summit’s goal is to review, validate, and adopt the revised National Policy on Justice 2024, 2028 to drive prison reforms, access to justice for the average Nigerian.

Fagbemi said the policy aims to address various challenges within the legal framework, seeking to promote social cohesion, bolster economic development, and foster good governance.

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