We’re Determined To Address Challenges In Administration Of Criminal Justice System – Katsina Chief Judge

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…As Justice Umaru Charges Judges To Give Their , Protect Citizens

By Chibuike Nwabuko

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – The Judge of state, Hon Justice M.D Abubakar has assured that Kaduna state is determined to address issues that are critical and that can pose challenges in the administration of criminal justice in the state.

Justice Abubakar droped the hint on Monday at the commencement of the two-day Administration of criminalJustice retreat for state judges and stakeholders holding in Abuja.

The Justice who gave a historical evolution of Administration of Criminal Justice System(ACJS) said as at the time state was created in 1987,  recalled how the pioneer Judge , Hon Justice Umaru Adbullahi  initiated the institutional framework which was then lacking.

According to him, as at then there was no institutional framework but through initiatives, we since then started reforms in the criminal Justice sector through the setting of the administration of criminal justice committee at the state level and various divisions and since it was backed by , the impact, was very significant, he said.

“With time the criminal cases increased geometrically because in year 2000, you have 5,000 cases 2001it will increase to 10,000 and the rate of disposal of cases was equally hampered with so many impediments such as:  trialwithin trial, transfer of , logistics of courts, absence of witnesses, transfer of witnesses and so on”.

So they came with some laws which went through some rigorous processes and eventually passed. As soon as the laws were passed, the ACJS monitoring committee was constituted and inaugurated by the government and we quickly went into action . All the stakeholders were brought under one umbrella and if there is any problem, we solve it there and then.

Also, the Hon Justice Umaru Abdullahi has charged Judges to give their due and ensure that citizens are protected. Justice Umaru who exoressed worry about what is happening in the judiciary these days asked: what was happening? Are benefitting anything from the Judicial system?

He lamented that the protection of citizens in effect is the duty of the state. He bemoaned the where alleged offenders are kept in detention longer than necessary without trial and said that by so doing many people are hurt.

It was observed that administration of criminal justice is bedeviled with plethora of and one of the things the is able to do is the speedy disposal of justice.

However, it was suggested that judges should be given the latitude to exercise discretion.

It was emphasized that the fact that Judges are involved in plea bargaining is a good development .

The judges were asked to ensure the speedy trial of cases, adding that once one is elevated to the of Judges, he is no to be guided or supervised.