The Chief Judge (CJ) of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, on Friday inaugurated the Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice Law in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the committee is headed by Justice Ladiran Akintola .
Inaugurating the committee at the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan, Abimbola said that the committee would provide a very effective practice direction that would consider different means of practising and administering criminal justice law in the state.
He said that it would look at the shortcomings within the system the state had been operating and proffer suggestions that would fast track the discharge of judgments
According to Abimbola, when judgment is fast-tracked, it will help to decongest correctional centres and ensure that juvenile offenders are not kept unnecessarily longer at correctional homes.
“There is no law that does not have its own rules to explain its operations, so we need a practice direction for the operators to follow.
“The practice direction will assist the understanding and the operation of the use of the administration of criminal justice law.
“Also, an effective implementation of the criminal law involves all partners including the police and all of them are carried along with the committee,” he said.
The Chief Judge remarked that Akintola, an erudite judge, is capable of leading the committee well in the discharge of its duty.
Responding, Akintola who accepted the offer with joy and humility, promised that the committee would deliver within the shortest period given.
He called on the police and other stakeholders involved to cooperate with the committee to achieve its goal.
The committee comprised the representatives of the police, correctional centres, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Oyo State, and other stakeholders. (NAN)