The Legal Defence & Assistance Project (LEDAP) will on Thursday and Friday host the ninth edition of the elite Directors of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Forum.

The intensive programme will dwell on criminal justice reform with special emphasis on “ways of more effectively implementing the innovations in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and Laws,” a statement made available to CITY LAWYER noted.

The forum will also dwell on criminal case management, plea bargain, 21 minimum standards of ACJA, gender and social inclusion in criminal justice administration, and police-prosecution relations among other pressing justice sector issues.

LEDAP is hosting the eagerly awaited signature event which has become a permanent feature on the criminal justice administration calendar in collaboration with the Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordinating Committee and with support of the MacArthur Foundation. The inaugural forum held in 2021.

Below is the full text of the statement.


The Directors of Public Prosecutions in all the 36 states and federation, as well as heads of prosecutions at specialised agencies and legal departments of police will converge in Lekki Lagos on 16 and 17 February, 2023 to discuss ways of more effectively implementing the innovations in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) and Laws.

The meeting will open with a special delivery on emerging issues on electronic Criminal evidence, to be delivered by the cerebral jurist, Hon. Justice Alaba Ajileye of Kogi State Judiciary. Other papers will cover Criminal case management, plea bargain, 21 minimum standards of ACJA, gender and social inclusion issues in criminal justice administration, police-prosecutions relations, etc. Experience sharing sessions on the implementation of ACJA and laws across the states will also be part of the forum.

Hosted by Legal Defence & Assistance Project LEDAP and Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordinating Committee with support of the MacArthur Foundation, the forum is the 9th in the series of DPP Forums that first held in 2001.

“We are glad the DPPs who manage prosecution of offences in the States and the heads of police legal units are resuming their experience sharing sessions” says Pamela Okoroigwe, Director at LEDAP. “As 33 of 36 States have passed ACJ laws, and some have made more progress than others in implementing the laws, this meeting is important to share best practices, identify challenges and work together to overcome those challenges”

Other resources persons lined up for the forum are Hon. Justice Olabisi Ogungbesan of Lagos High Court and former DPP of Lagos State, Prof. Yemi Akinseye-George SAN of the Center for Socio-Legal Studies; Chino Obiagwu SAN of LEDAP; Olawale Fapohunda SAN, former two-term Attorney-General of Ekiti State; Dr. Jide Martin, DPP of Lagos State; Mrs. Bunmi Adesomoju, director of the Office of the Public Defender, Lagos State; Ozioma Izuora of Faculty of Law, Baze University; Tunde Sumonu, Ministry of Justice, Lagos State; Mr. Chukwu Agwu, former OC Legal, Force CID Zone 2, Lagos and current Head of Legal Department at Special Fraud Unit of Nigerian Police, and other invited panelists. The forum will hold at Timeoak Hotel & Spa, Lekki, Lagos on 16 and 17 February 2023.

Rosemary Egbede
Project officer

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