Chief Justice lauds policy on judicial reforms

Peter Bahago, Abuja

The first National Policy on Justice in Nigeria has been adopted at the end of the Justice Summit which was organised by the Ministry of Justice in Abuja, Nigeria.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, who was represented by Justice Mary Odili lauded the adoption of the document saying that it is a new dawn in the Justice system as Nigerians would see an improved and speedy dispensation of justice as well as reduction in cost of litigation.

The Summit which brought together stakeholders in the justice sector across the country has 17 thematic areas which included justice sector reforms, speedy dispensation of justice, National Security and promotion of credible electoral system.

The CJN said that the policy would achieve its goal of building consensus among justice sector institutions and practitioners for the purpose of addressing the major challenges facing justice delivery system in the country.

“The document will engender a justice system that is fairer, accessible, efficient and responsive to the hopes and aspirations of Nigerians,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said that the policy provides a blueprint which outlines the various reforms desirable in the justice sector and would ensure transparent administration of justice in the country.

“The policy will provide the needed professional guidance for all sector institution in the discharge of their duties,” he added.

Responding, the President of the Nigeria’s Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, represented by Senator David Umar said that the administration of justice in the country needs urgent reforms in order to match the challenges posed by globalisation, hence, the need for the reform in the justice system.