From Ahmed Mohammed, Bauchi
Lawyers in Bauchi State have hailed the State Government for adopting the “Administration of Criminal Justice Law” to ease prosecution and administration in criminal acts related legal issues.
The State Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Barrister Mahmood Maidoki commended the State Government when he delivered a speech at the opening of the 2018 Annual Law Week in Bauchi. He said “Bauchi State version of the law has been passed into law and waiting for executive assent by Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, The administration of Criminal Justice Law is a substantial departure from the old model Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) which is of colonial heritage,” .
Maidoki said that t, the new law possess innovations which also come with their own challenges. “Therefore, I call upon lawyers, Judges, police, prison and all other stakeholders to firmly hook up with our programme of events to enable them prepare to overcome the challenges that may accompany the new innovations,” .
The Bauchi State Chief Judge, Justice Rabi Talatu Umar called on lawyers to always refer to the provisions of the Law before taking a position on any matter.
Justice Rabi who responded to the earlier allegation made by Young Lawyers Forum on government’s plan to appoint unqualified judges to fill the existing vacancies of Sharia Court Judges.
She explained that, judges with Diploma in Sharia and Civil Law are eligible for appointment even as Khadis of Sharia Court of Appeal who can be superior Judges of Court as obtained in many states of the federation.
Justice Rabi said that her doors would always remain open, and assured that government would always encourage professionalism by appointing lawyers to Professional Positions.
The Chief Judge said Judiciary would strive hard to maintain highest level of professionalism, work ethics and discipline as welfare of Judicial staff Will be given priority.
She noted that, the theme of the Law Week, Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Ease and Challenges is timely as it was in the process of being domesticated in the state for speedy, Smooth Judicious and Technicalities free Criminal Justice Administration.
Justice Talatu Umar used the medium to Declare the Week as Court free to enable members participate fully.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Haruna Dake Muhammad recalled that the week is part of efforts to enhance the capacity of members.
The Commissioner said the State Government would give the desired attention to Judiciary Sector for effective administration of Justice.