These state reforms were part of a broader federal reform led primarily by the National Judicial Council, an independent body that can recommend the appointment and removal of judges to the president and state governors.  The Council was established under the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 and established a review committee of judges in 2001. The dismissal of corrupt judges in Lagos is therefore the responsibility of a federal authority. The new rules of the Lagos High Court were inspired by Lord Woolf`s reform of the civil justice system in England and Wales in 1996, which resulted in the Civil Procedure Rules, which came into force in 1999. HURILAWS, a non-governmental organisation of human rights lawyers, has prepared a first draft of rules largely inspired by British judicial rules following the Woolf reform. The Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies subsequently drafted a second set of rules. These experts stressed the importance of legal reforms and the need to directly identify their contribution to economic development. They also stressed the need for reforms to address new difficult situations around the world, adding that this is of paramount importance to parliaments and legal reform institutions around the world. Mediators at the Citizen Mediation Centres were trained in legal advisers selected, hired and funded by the Ministry of Justice in Lagos. “There is an urgent need to reform these laws, as they play a central role in managing the criminal justice system for a crime-free society. Let me allude to the fact that if justice cannot do what has not been done, the world will move forward while justice is left behind. Lawyers are responsible for perpetuating a number of inefficiencies in the justice sector. We have adopted the best practices of other jurisdictions, but we do not have the individual and collective character to justify it.
Our “win at all costs” attitude is such that practices and tactics that will provoke direct accusations and sanctions in effective judicial systems have become commonplace. The situation requires serious soul-searching. As long as this continues, reforms in the justice sector will not make sense. It may also, on its own initiative, submit proposals for legislative reform to the Office of the Attorney General (AGF) and the Minister of Justice for referral to the National Assembly (i.e. Parliament) in the form of draft laws. According to the lawyer, the Nigerian Penal Code and the Penal Code still contain outdated provisions in our time that provide for fines of five naira if convicted of serious crimes. He said that if these laws are not changed by reforms, they cannot address the conceptual need for punishment as a deterrent to prevent crime. On the road to development, the drivers of Nigeria`s justice sector have no shortage of vision and ideas on how to move forward to achieve incremental transformation.
Like countries with reliable justice systems, Nigeria wanted a system that accelerated access to justice and made it affordable. A system that prides itself on providing prompt service to all, regardless of status; a system in which the law is administered and administered by an incorruptible, honest, efficient and intellectually sound judiciary and by the Bar Association. Specifically, the experts identified four main methods of law reform: repeal (repeal or repeal of a law); creation of a new law; Consolidation (combining several laws into one) and codification (systematic collection and arrangement, usually depending on the purpose of a state`s or country`s laws). In order to encourage the use of mediation, clause 87 of the Bill explicitly codifies the application of the Singapore Convention on Mediation to international settlement agreements concluded in States other than Nigeria, provided that: (i) the State is a party to the Singapore Convention (reciprocity); and (ii) the dispute arises out of what would be considered a “commercial” legal relationship under Nigerian law. They also stressed that the objective of reform could always be achieved systematically on the basis of enlightened political, economic and social needs that reflected the moral values and aspirations of the people. When the old law is reformed and translated into a new one, it has become a social reality. It can be said that this new law emanates from the people. The many guides I have chosen from my invitation are these; “Discussions at this year`s summit will focus on a mix of topics such as integrity, diversity, inclusion, merit in judicial appointments and the judiciary.” “We take note of your experience in implementing reforms, especially your recently completed role as Director General and Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University.