In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, courts have been exploring virtual hearings/trials to ensure parties can obtain justice.
It is the situation created by the need for ‘social distancing’ that necessitated the two-day webinar themed “Effective Administration of Criminal Justice in the ‘New Normal”. The webinar organized by AGA-Africa in partnership with Nasarawa State Ministry of Justice, Nigeria took place on 24th – 25th May 2021.
The two-day webinar was aimed at supporting the work of the Nasarawa State Government, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to effectively investigate and prosecute criminal cases in the State while addressing the Covid-19 crisis which has a potentially far-reaching, long-term negative impact on criminal justice and public prosecution.
Gracing the event were Dr. Abdulkarim Abubakar Kana, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Nasarawa State on behalf of Engineer Abdullahi Alhaji Sule, Nasarawa State Governor, Hon. Aisha Aliyu, Judge of High Court of Justice, Nasarawa State and Markus Green, AGA-Africa Board Member.
The sessions were facilitated by Hon. Kashim Zannah, Honourable Justice at High Court of Justice, Hon. Yahaya Yakubu Shafa, Judge Nasarawa State Revenue Court & Secretary of Justice Sector Reform Team, Wendy L. Patrick, J.D., M.Div, Ph.D., Deputy District Attorney, San Diego, California, Melba Pearson, Esq., Director of Policy & Programs, Florida International University, Center for Administration of Justice, Dr. Danjuma Gwatana Shigaba, Senior Lecturer, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Barr. Ishaka Mudi Dikko, SAN, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Fola Arthur-Worrey, Private Legal Practitioner and Consultant on Security Funding and Governance, Chief Anthony Idigbe, Senior Partner, Punuka Attorneys & Solicitors and Stephen Kiptinness, Senior Partner, Technology & Intellectual Property, Kenya.