Practice

Advocating For The Delivery Of Justice

 Background:  

The Enugu State laws have not had any substantial review since 1958, when the Eastern Region of Nigeria (comprising current day Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Imo and Anambra States) laws were enacted. In 1991 when Enugu and Anambra were established as separate states, there was a law review to enact laws of Enugu State .The revised laws of Enugu State came into effect in 2004. However, this revision was not far reaching as it did not address obsolete provisions or introduce new ones to address contemporary issues. Therefore, there is a need to carry out a comprehensive review of all laws of Enugu State, a project which the current Honourable Attorney General of Enugu State Anthony Ani has indicated as a priority. The ESJRT will explore how to facilitate this process, and ensure cross-sectoral involvement.

Lagos State developed a new Magistrate Courts Law in 2009, which has led to a number of improvements in the magistrate’s court system, including delays which can help address causes of delays in the criminal justice system.  Enugu State has similar problems as Lagos State prior to their enactment of a new magistrate court rules in 2009. And this underlines the need for the development of an updated Magistrate Courts’ law for Enugu State.

The High Court Rules of Enugu State was reviewed in 2006, but came into effect on 1st January 2007. Subsequently, there was a validation workshop in 2010 under the auspices of Security Justice and Growth programme (SJGP) to access the effectiveness of the new rules. During that process, some areas of difficulties and constraints were indentified. The ESJRT intends to evolve a process for further review to strengthen the effectiveness of the rules.

 

Priority reform initiatives: (2013)

         i.            Advocate for a review of Enugu State Laws involving cross-sector stakeholders, and support planning for review as appropriate (2013)

 

       ii.            Advocate for review of Magistrates Court Law of Enugu State, learning from the Lagos experience (2013)

 

     iii.            Facilitate stakeholders to review Enugu State CPRs and identify barriers to implementation, as well as identify solutions to help encourage full implementation (2014)