Nigeria’s justice sector is beset by a myriad of challenges ranging from delay in administration of justice to heavy dockets that confront increasingly overworked judicial officers.

Other issues include lack of judicial autonomy and inadequate resources, poor investigation, overhang in the awaiting trial population and low level of adoption of technology and innovation, to name a few.

Against the backdrop of these longstanding challenges and the swearing-in of a new Attorney General and Minister of Justice, CITY LAWYER asked eminent Bar Leaders and justice sector stakeholders to plot a blueprint on the priorities to be tackled by the new Chief Law Officer.

F. BOMA AYOMIDE ALABI (SAN, OON) was the pioneer woman to hold sway as President of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA). She was the chairperson of the Association of Women Solicitors England and Wales (2005/2006) and Chair of the NBA Section on Legal Practice Professional Development Committee. Among other proposals, she states that financial independence for the Judiciary must be a priority for the new Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN.


Prince Lateef Fagbemi SAN has been in practice his entire working life and is no doubt conversant with the myriad of challenges facing our justice system and undermining the rule of law.

Financial independence for the Judiciary is still a mirage in many respects and should certainly be a priority for him in this role.

Also, separating the role of the Attorney General from the Minister for Justice is an important step in enhancing the rule of law in our democracy.

Finally and equally crucial is modernizing the criminal justice system to provide better protection for vulnerable witnesses and expedited trials.

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