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Purposes of ACJA
The CPA and CPC did not specifically state the purposes which the laws were intended to serve. The ACJA in section 1(1) provides a clear statement of its objectives or purposes. These indicate a deliberate underlying philosophy of criminal justice administration in the country from punishment of the offenders to the broader objective of restorative justice and protection of larger society. Restorative justice is a way of responding to criminal behavior by balancing the needs of the community, the victims and the offenders. Thus the system of criminal justice administration will not merely punish the offender fro the offence committed; the system will also consider the rights and interests of all the stakeholder of the criminal justice system: the society, the suspect, the defendant, the victim …Continue Reading
Prior to May 2015 when the Administration of Criminal Justice Act ( ACJA) was signed into law by Fmr. President Good luck Jonathan, the Criminal Justice Act (CPA) and the Criminal Procedure Code(CPC) were the laws that dominated the Nigerian’s criminal justice framework. These laws were inherited from the erstwhile British Colonial administration. Upon Independence, in 1960, the CPA continued to apply in the Southern States of Nigeria whilst the CPC held sway in the Northern States.
Several factors compiled the change from the old criminal procedures laws (CPA and CPC) to the new one (ACJA). These include delay in the dispensation of justice, congested dockets of the courts, abuse of arrest powers by the police, excessive use of imprisonment due to lack of alternatives, congestion of prisons, and high population of Awaiting …Continue Reading
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