The administration of criminal justice in Nigeria has been a major concern to citizens and other critical stakeholders as it relates to public safety, security and effective justice delivery system. Key concerns range from poor and untimely justice delivery, poor case management, delays in the adjudicatory process, inadequacy of police and judicial personnel, corruption, human rights abuses, lack of modern information technology and weak coordination and cooperation amongst criminal justice institutions. To address the age long challenges in the criminal justice process, the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 significantly alters the criminal justice process with a view to raising efficiency and effectiveness in the quality of justice delivery in Nigeria.
Despite the passage of the Act, the pace of its implementation remains slow with much of challenges linked to low level awareness about the Act amongst the civil populace and criminal justice actors/agencies whose service delivery and efficiency it seeks to improve. Additionally, limited efforts are known to have been undertaken and/or put in place to closely monitor the Administration of Criminal Justice reform process, its key actors/agencies and the fulfilment of their new roles under the Act.
The Project on Monitoring the Criminal Justice Administration Reform Process in Nigeria therefore seeks to contribute to strengthening the implementation of ACJA 2015 in Nigeria through systematically monitoring the key criminal justice actors as it relates their compliance with the Act and driving advocacy to ensure the fulfillment of their roles as required under the ACJA 2015.
The project currently enjoys the buy-in of the Administration of Criminal Justice Monitoring Committee(ACJMC), National Human Rights Commission, relevant Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Actors, and CSOs.