Tony Blair wants reforms and good advocacy.
Nigeria’s Vice President and former Attorney General of Lagos State, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has advocated the need for the speedy dispensation of justice in the country.
Professor Osinbajo made this call on Wednesday as he represented President Muhammadu Buhari.to declare open the first ever virtual Annual National Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos.
The vice president wants to see judicial reforms that will fast track all court cases, so that the longest will be a maximum 15 months.
The former Prime Minister of Britain and Northern Ireland, Mr. Tony Blair also expressed excitement to address the NBA at 60 as he virtual talked to the group of ‘learned men’.
Mr. Blair said Lawyers have a great responsibility to rid the nation of corruption through the rule of law and advocated for reforms.
But besides speedy dispensation of court case, Osinbajo noted that multiple and conflicting court orders are making a mockery of the judicial process, while highlighting the need for reforms in that area.
“Reform is urgent because the fabric of our society is stitched together by our system of justice and law enforcement.
“We cannot afford to have the stitches come undone. The first issue I would like to commend to your consideration is the terribly slow pace of trials in our courts.
“My question then is that why can’t we have timeliness on all cases? Why can’t we put in place the rules that will state that a criminal trial all the way to the Supreme Court must not exceed 12 months in duration?
“Why can’t we do the same for civil cases even if we say it that civil cases must not go beyond 15 months – between 12 and 15 months? I think that for me will be stepping forward.
“The question of speed raises a related concern in the context of a competitive global economy, a speed of our legal institutions and processes must match up with the global pace of transactions,” he said.