The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) being the umbrella body of all lawyers called to the Nigerian Bar, has commenced the “Promoting the Domestication and Implementation of the Administration of Criminal Justice Legislation Across Nigeria” Project (“the ACJA Project”) a three year project which aims to strengthen the Nigerian criminal justice system and promote wide-spread criminal justice reform, by way of advocating for the state-level domestication of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 (ACJA), with a view to ensure uniformity in the administration of criminal justice legislation across Nigeria; and also promote the smooth implementation of the new criminal justice regime which the ACJA represents, by building stakeholders’ capacity across states.
The NBA with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation seeks to improve the state-level adoption rates of the ACJA, which is a Federal Legislation that is currently domesticated in about 10 out of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria, and only applicable to states that opt to domesticate same as part of their compendium of laws. It further seeks to ensure that the innovations (related to Anti-corruption, speedy trials, etc.) introduced in the ACJA are uniformly and independently adopted by all states of the Federation.
The project shall be executed in 28 states across the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria over a period of 36 months in 3 phases commencing November 2017 as follows:
PHASE 1 (2017-18) STATES
PHASE 2 (2018-19) STATES
PHASE 3 (2019-20) STATES