MIYETTI QUARTERLY LAW REVIEW (MQLR)

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THE JUDICIARY AND ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE IN NIGERIA

Miyetti Quarterly Law Review is published by Miyetti Research and Publication Limited as a peer reviewed journal with the aim of advancing theoretical and practical insights into legal issues arising from Nigerian Law, thereby making original contributions to legal knowledge. The articles are tailored to the Nigerian legal system with inter-disciplinary law practices in focus.  It also seeks to publish articles that address from comparative perspective developments in other jurisdictions which are relevant in furtherance of legal scholarship in Nigeria.  The Editorial Board and crew are made up of established scholars and seasoned practitioners.

We are pleased to present a call for submission of articles for this special issue of the Miyetti Quarterly Law Review.  This edition intends to draw a wide range of articles on topical issues connected with the judiciary and administration of justice in Nigeria, and will be inviting contributions from judges in particular, practitioners and academics.

The idea behind this is because the judiciary occupies a very important position in the sustainable governance of Nigeria. ¬†For a country to thrive in its agenda for economic development and peaceful coexistence of the people, the judiciary should be above board, in terms of knowledge and conduct within the court and outside the court. ¬†Both the ‚Äėhaves and have nots‚Äô, the rich and the poor, the citizens in general, various institutions of government and other arms of government will definitely walk into the gates of the Nigerian courts in their quest to right a wrong or exercise their legal rights and duties.

Recently, there has been a series of developments, owing to modern complexities and exigencies of society. ¬†New areas are being ventured into. ¬†There are complex commercial transactions ongoing; liberalism in approach to life is fast moving as the values of the people are changing, information technology has taken series of strides in recent times with the development of hyper computers, online media, mobile telephony etc. Civil disputes are on the increase, crimes have been emerging with different sophistication. When the chips are down, it is up to the courts. ¬†The courts therefore have the ‚Äėfinal say‚Äô, irrespective of the legislation or executive pronouncements. ¬†Apart from grappling with the old traditional crime in the society, the judiciary is now confronted with complex cases of corruption, money laundering and cybercrimes, terrorism and so on. ¬†Much is expected of the judiciary and adequate protection must be offered to the judiciary to ensure smooth dispensation of justice in accordance with the rule of law. ¬†Lawyers are acquiring more sophistication in the process. The tune seems to be changing in the process of trial advocacy and there is a call to shed the traditional relics of the adjudication process.

There are a series of responses to address some of these in adjudicatory processes; for example, the Evidence Act 2011 has some developments regarding computer-generated evidence.  The rules of the court have also experienced changes with the introduction of frontloading/pre-trial/case management, exploring the options of alternative dispute resolutions and so on. The Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 has also been enacted to revamp the criminal justice system. Is the Nigerian judiciary equal to the tasks and should anything be done?  Are there other laws that will need to be reviewed in the light of the aforementioned scenarios, i.e. should the provisions of the Sheriffs and Civil Process Act and other rules of the court be reviewed bearing in mind the prospects and challenges posed by the current modern realities? New vistas have also been opened in the realm of sustainable development.  Virtually all activities are now linked to the concept. There is also the emergence of sustainable governance. The role of the judiciary cannot be divorced in the emergence of these concepts.  These are some of the germane questions which Miyetti Quarterly Law Review wishes to address in this edition. Below are the guiding themes for the volume:

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  • The Nigerian judge and Information and computer technology
  • The service of processes and considerations for modern technologies: prospects and challenges
  • Sheriffs and Civil Process Act and other rules on service of court processes in the light of modern realities
  • The control of the judicial process and trial advocacy during examination in chief, cross-examination and re-examination
  • Admissibility of documents and issues arising from computer-generated evidence
  • Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and its implication to the justice system in Nigeria
  • Procedural issues in the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015
  • Protection of the Judiciary in the trial of high profile crimes i.e. terrorism, money laundering and corruption
  • Judges in specialised disputes and the need for continuing education
  • The necessity or otherwise of establishment of more specialised courts in Nigeria
  • Evaluation of the case management and frontloading
  • The Nigerian judge and alternative dispute resolution
  • Attitude of the courts to conflicting judgements and the jurisprudence of stare decisis
  • The jurisprudential and philosophical bases of punishment
  • Plea bargaining, nolle prosequi and Nigerian jurisprudence
  • The vexed issues of jurisdiction
  • The relevance of the doctrine of locus standi in adjudication process
  • The role of the judiciary in the promotion of sustainable development
  • The role of the judiciary in the promotion of sustainable governance
  • Technicalities and the role of the Nigerian judge
  • Appointment of judges in Nigeria
  • The life of the Nigerian judge after retirement
  • Jurisprudential bases underlying the judgement of the courts
  • The changing faces of brief writing and considerations

The Miyetti Quarterly Law Review hereby invites contributions on legal issues arising from the above themes, which are nevertheless, not exhaustive.  Articles should be sent as a word document to editor@miyettiquarterlylawreview.com on or before 1 September 2016.

Contributors should ensure that their articles are well edited in clear language and must conform to the submission guidelines and Oscola referencing.  Only well-edited articles conforming to the guidelines attached will be considered for peer review.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS

Articles should be sent as a word document to editor@miyettiquarterlylawreview.com on or before 1 September 2016.