Author: Onwudinka Albert Nwabufo
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka
The essence of this work is to have a research look at the challenges in the dispensation of criminal justice Nigeria. These challenges stem from Judiciary workers strike, delay in administration of justice, high cost of litigation, lack of skill and diligence on the part of the lawyer handling criminal cases, appointment of inexperienced judges or magistrates to the bench, extra judicial killings and so on. The researcher also discovered that our criminal justice system can further be improved where there is judicial reform to check corrupt judges and magistrate, consultation with Nigeria Bar Association before appointing judges, adopting some of the procedure of high court civil procedure rules and better funding of the law enforcement agencies. The object of this research is to outline the challenges in dispensation of criminal justice in Nigeria and then proffer solution that will assist or enhance access to criminal justice. The researcher has adopted the descriptive and analytical approaches in the examination of the challenges in the dispensation of criminal justice in Nigeria. Basically materials from the primary sources of law which include, case law, statutes, journals and text books from various authors were used in analyzing the challenges in dispensation of criminal justice in Nigeria.
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