10th achievements

1. The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode commissioned Olusola Thomas Court House on the 9th of November, 2017. Ambode said it was “another strong representation of his commitment to the rule of law and social Justice, as well as a testimony of the determination to ensure that distance or geographical location is not a barrier to citizens access to Justice” . The Court House has been equipped with modern facilities for the comfort of not only the judges and magistrates but also everyone including lawyers and members of the public.

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2. Lagos State hosted participants at the conference of Network of Justice Reform Team on the 21st of November, 2017. The conference was put together by the Federal Justice Sector Reform co-ordinating Committee [FJSRCC] , British Council and European Union through the rule of Law and Anti – Corruption program [RoLAC] in collaboration with the Directorate of Public Prosecution Lagos State Ministry of Justice. Participants included Judges, State Attorneys General, Lawmakers and Attorney General of the Federation to come up with significant reforms that would benefit the Citizenry nationwide.

3. The Ministry organized three day lecture on the 27th – 29th November, 2017. 2nd Lagos Forensic Symposium in collaboration with Lagos State DNA & Forensic Center and ITSI – Biosciences, Johnstown, PA, USA. At Civic Center, Victoria Island Lagos, Judges, Magistrates, Lawyers and Legislators, Police, Investigators, Forensic Pathologist/ Scientist, Medical Practitioners, Emergency Responders, Investigative Journalists, Students and the Press were thought how the DNA & Forensic Center [LSD&FC] helped in many areas of the Criminal Justice System.

4. The Legislative Drafting Directorate was actively involved in the drafting of 5 bills, administered Judicial Oath on the Chief Judge of Lagos State, who was sworn – in on the 20th October, 2017. Public Officers’ Oaths on the Head of Service, who was sworn – in on the 27th November, 2017. In addition 6 Permanent Secretaries were sworn – in on the 6th November, 2017.

5. The Directorate of Commercial Law handles all the aspects of the Lagos State Government contractual and commercial transactions. Representing the State Government in court on Commercial and Contractual Matters. Within the period under review, a total of 65 agreements were drafted and executed. There are 27 cases pending in court and 15 contracts in the process of termination.

6. The Directorate of Citizen’s Right received a total of 677 human rights related petitions, out of which 526 were resolved free of charge and 151 pending. Also participated at the Legal Clinic that was conducted at the Chapel of Christ the Light on the 7th of December, 2017.

7. Citizen’s Mediation Centre {CMC} successfully resolved 5, 530 matters from a total of 11, 862 cases received. The Centre participated at the Legal Clinic that was conducted at the Chapel of Christ the Light on the 7th of November, 2017.

8. As part of efforts to overcome Prison congestion and ensuring accelerated hearing for minor offences, the Ministry of Justice and Prison Fellowship has embarked on collaboration to explore the adoption of restorative justice measures as part of sentencing options for designated relevant offences. This will eliminate the excessive use of prison sentences for minor offences.

9. The Office of the Public Defender held a training programme in collaboration with Judges and members of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy Colorado, USA on Forensic Evidence Expert Witness from 6th to 10th of November 2017.

10. Officer of the Public Advice Centre [PAC], Administrator General and Public Trustees Office [AG&PT], Directorate of Citizens Rights [DCR], Citizens Mediation Centre [CMC] Office of the Public Defender [OPD] and Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team held a Legal Clinic offering free legal service to the staff of Lagos State Public Service on the 7th of December 2017. This was at the Public Service Christian Fellowship Annual outreach which was held at Chapel of Christ the Light.

11. The Directorate of Public Prosecutions through its Plea and Sentence Bargain Committee held sensitization programme at the Nigerian Prison to inform them of the benefits of pleading to lesser sentences for consideration by the plea bargain committee set up by the State. The witness Support Unit in the Directorate also held a two weeks sensitization programmes to all Police Stations across the State to sensitize the Police and the society of the need to cooperate with the stakeholders and give testimony in court. This is to ensure that guilty defendants get the appropriate punishment and deter crime in the State.

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