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FIDA NIGERIA ABUJA BRANCH HOSTS THE VALIDATION OF THE TRAINING MANUAL & CLE WORKSHOP ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT.

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FIDA Nigeria, Abuja Branch, on Wednesday 21st February 2018 hosted the Validation of the training manual & Continuing Legal Education workshop on the Innovative provisions of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

The workshop also served as an orientation meeting for the indoctrination of trainers which would be utilised across the 14 pilot states, for the project titled ‘Enabling Capacity for the Adoption and Implementation of the Administration Of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.’

The participants at the workshop included members from FIDA, NBA, NIALS, NAPTIP, CSLS, the Legal Aid Council, the Police and many more stakeholders.

The workshop was facilitated by members from FIDA Nigeria Abuja Branch and representatives from NIALS. In his speech, the Director General of NIALS, Prof Adekunle Adedeji SAN commended FIDA Nigeria for her efforts in producing the training manual. He urged FIDA members to review the specific section of the manual which outlines the gender based aspects of the Act so as to fulfil the mandate of the organisation.

The following topics were treated during the workshop:

   The General Infrastructure and Architecture of the ACJALilian Uche

   Institutional and policy reforms needed for the smooth operation of the ACJA 2015—Okike Ajanwachuku

   Sections of ACJA promoting women and Childrens rights—Ogechi Abu

   Legislative Advocacy - Domestication of the VAPP Act & ACJA in the StatesRhoda Tyoden-Moore

During the workshop, the resource persons highlighted some innovative provisions of the ACJA which includes; Notification of cause of arrest; Humane treatment of an arrested person and prohibition of arrest in civil cases; Mandatory inventory of property; Recording of arrest; Establishment of a Police Central Criminal Records Registry (CCRR); Electronic recording of confessional statement; Recording of statement of suspect; Monthly report by Police to supervising magistrate; Quarterly Report of arrests to the Attorney-General of the Federation; Returns by Comptroller-General of Prisons; Right to bail; Women sureties; Professional bondsperson; Remand proceedings; Time protocol for remand orders; Guideline to prevent abuses in Plea Bargain; Speedy trial; Time limit for issuance of legal advice; Witness protection; Electronic recording of proceedings; Compensation to victims of crime; Non-Custodial sentences; Service of court processes by courier companies; Establishment of monitoring committee.

In her closing remarks, Mrs. Rhoda Tyoden-Moore thanked the participants for honouring the invitation to the workshop. She also urged all participants to make good use of the manual and utilise the knowledge acquired as they worked towards adoption, domestication, and/or proper implementation of the ACJA in their various states.

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