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NBA expresses concern over conflicting, perverse court judgments

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The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Bwari Branch, has expressed concerns over what it described as conflicting and perverse judgements emanating from superior courts of record in the country.

The legal body, in a statement to mark its 2024 Law Week, also identified poor case management, prolonged pre-trial detention, delayed trials, lack of access to legal representation, as well as unethical practices by some legal practitioners and law enforcement agents as part of the problems plaguing the justice sector.

According to the Bwari Branch of the NBA, also called the Cradle Bar, there is an urgent need to address the challenges facing the administration of Justice in the country.

“Our theme for this year’s Law Week, ‘Strengthening the Foundation of Justice,’ resonates deeply with the core values of our profession and the principles upon which our legal system is built.

“In a country where justice is often perceived to be elusive, and inequality still persists, it is incumbent upon us, as guardians of the law, to reaffirm our commitment to upholding the rule of law and ensuring access to justice for all.

“There is indeed the perception by ordinary citizens that what presently operates in Nigeria is the ‘Administration of Law” and not ‘’administration of justice.

“The former being a system riddled by hybrid technicalities, legal jargon, cumbersome adjudicatory procedure and rhetoric.

“Throughout the week ahead, we will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, explore pressing legal issues, and champion initiatives that promote fairness, equality, and the protection of human rights.

“From discussion sessions and interactive panel discussions, our agenda is designed to inspire, educate, and empower individuals to be agents of positive change in their communities.

“Together, we will delve into critical topics such as The 2023 General Election, The Challenges and lessons learned, the Appointment of Judges and Issues Impacting Speedy Dispensation of justice, Doing Business in Nigeria, Economic Survival, and Justice Delivery (Where is the meeting Point), The Nigerian Lawyer: Scale of Charges, Use of Technology and Lawyers Welfare and Factors Militating Against Security in Nigeria.

“As we gather here today, let us reaffirm our collective commitment to strengthening the foundation of justice, not just for ourselves but for future generations.

“Let us seize this opportunity to amplify our voices, mobilize our resources, and work collaboratively towards a more just, equitable, and inclusive society,” the branch added in the statement signed by Mr. Paul Daudu, its Chairman.

 

 

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