Support to the Justice Sector in Nigeria Project
Support to the Justice Sector in Nigeria is a 42-month (January 2013-June 2016) European Union (EU) funded project being implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to improve the effectiveness, accessibility, accountability, transparency, and fairness of the justice system in Nigeria.
The project is supporting key initiatives of the Federal Ministry of Justice (FMOJ) to drive coordinated, unified and integrated reform across the justice sector in Nigeria. Project activities reflect priorities identified in the action plan developed by the Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordinating Committee (FJSRCC) and the Criminal Justice Reform Action Plans at the state level and will lead to respect for the rule of law and human rights; an integrated and efficient justice system; fair and equal access to justice for all; enhanced justice sector capacity; and law reform.
Project activities are delivered mainly at the federal level, in the Federal Capital Territory Abuja and nine pilot states.
The project has three key outcomes, which are further divided into outputs.
OUTCOME 1: Increased coordination and cooperation among justice sector institutions, with improved legal and sector policy frameworks.
Output 1.1: Information collection, management and sharing in the justice sector improved.
Output 1.2: Justice sector coordination structures at the federal and state levels established and functional.
Output 1.3: Legislation and policies on justice developed.
Output 1.4: Capacity of the Federal Ministry of Justice/National Planning Commission and lead agencies in the sector strengthened in monitoring and evaluation.
OUTCOME 2: Training, research and operational capability of the justice sector developed.
Output 2.1: Improved quality of training for staff of the justice sector (at the federal and state levels).
Output 2.2: Improved competence and skills of prosecutors and officials of the Judiciary, the Police and judicial officers.
Output 2.3: Enhanced operational and research capacities of the Ministry of Justice, National Judicial Institute (NJI) and the Judiciary.
Output 2.4: Improved systems for Police and Prison record keeping and court case management.
Output 2.5: Improved quality of training for juvenile justice sector personnel (at the federal and state levels).
OUTCOME 3: Increased access to justice and respect for human rights and the rule of law, especially for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, including women, children and persons with disability.
Output 3.1: Strategic advice and support given to the Police in support of respect for human rights.
Output 3.2: Improved capacity to decrease pre-trial detention and prison congestion.
Output 3.3: Mapping of non-state actors and support for non-state actors rights awareness raising and legal aid activities.
Output 3.4: Increased access to HIV/TB and mental health services, vocational, educational, recreational and rehabilitation facilities for Prisoners, including vulnerable prisoners.
Output 3.5: Accountability and integrity regime for the Judiciary, Ministry of Justice, Police and the Prison services strengthened.
Output 3.6: Competence of specialized children's units improved.
Output 3.7: Improved systems for prison/remand home/police record keeping and court case management in juvenile cases.
Output 3.8: Improved capacity to decrease pre-trial detention of children.
Output 3.9: Support state and non-state actors' rights awareness, legal aid activities and advocacy on justice for children.
Key project partners
This project is implemented in partnership with UNICEF and in support of the following national partners:
- Federal Justice Sector Reform Coordinating Committee (FJSRCC)
- The Federal Judiciary
- The Judiciary of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja and nine focal states (Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Cross River, Imo, Katsina, Lagos, Osun, and Yobe)
- Federal and States Ministry of Justice
- National Judicial Institute (NJI)
- The Nigeria Police Force (NPF)
- Nigeria Prisons Service (NPS)
- National and States Planning Commission
- National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
- Legal Aid Council of Nigeria (LACN)
- Nigerian Law Reform Commission (NLRC)
- Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS)
- Civil society organizations (CSOs)
Funding Level: The European Union is providing EUR 25,000,000 to implement this project.
Support to the Justice Sector in Nigeria Project Office
Court of Appeal, Three Arms Zone
Download project brochure here: https://www.unodc.org/nigeria/en/judicial-reform.html/documents/nigeria//Justice_Project_Brief.pdf