A2Justice's Judicial Integrity and Independence Programme (JIIP) works towards restoring the institutional integrity and autonomy of Nigeria’s judicial system to adjudicate disputes independently, efficiently and speedily.
Nigeria’s prolonged years of military rule had malign consequences for judicial independence and the integrity of the judicial system with an obvious lack of public confidence in the system. Almost every critical aspect of the justice system reeled back into ineptitude, administrative and adjudicatory inefficiency, infrastructure deficit, partisanship and revolting corruption among judicial officials and court officials.
With ripples of this state of affairs filtering into Nigeria’ democratic dispensation, A2Justice JIIP undertakes advocacy efforts which includes campaigns, publication of literatures and journals targeted at reinforcing judicial oversights as well as strengthening judicial integrity and independence as a key democratic institution.
One of Nigeria’s most respected jurists and a retired Justice of the Nigeria’s Supreme Court, late Justice Aniagolu, described A2Justice’s judicial integrity work as “… a crucial job for the emancipation of this country – you are our mouth piece in this regard”
Under JIIP, A2Justice holds the Judiciary to a high standard of behaviour and exercises vigilance to see that standard maintained and enforced. A2Justice has published seven editions of the advocacy journal the Justice Observatory Journal (JOJ). Read More»
A2Justice has also undertaken court monitoring projects to assess how Judges were managing cases before them. Court monitors observed court room proceedings over a given period of time and presented reports on issues ranging from the adjudicatory behaviour of Judges, Read More»
To galvanize reforms towards reforming judicial recruitment procedures, A2Justice researched and published the monograph Reforming the Judicial Recruitment System. Read More»
Reforming for Justice is a dissecting review of the progress Nigeria has made towards reforming justice institutions since the transition to democracy in 1999, in various thematic areas. Read More»
A2justice and 14 Human Right Organisations petitioned the Chairman and Members of the National Judicial Council for an Urgent, Full-Scale and Impartial Investigation into Allegations that the Chief Justice of Nigeria sought, or made overt efforts to interfere with proceedings pending before an Election Appeals Tribunal. Read more
A2Justice has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate allegations made against a serving Supreme Court Justice, Hon. Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, of improper (extrajudicial) attempts to interfere with proceedings before a High Court. Read more
Following the recent reshuffling and transfer of Federal High Court judges in different judicial divisions in Nigeria, A2Justice has made recourse to the National Judicial Council complaining about the problems associated with the arbitrary and routine transfers of Judges Read more
News of the suspension of two Judges, namely Justice Naron of the High Court of Plateau State and Justice Charles Archibong of the Federal High Court, Yenogoa did not only come as a very welcome development, it immensely raised the hope of both justice sector observers and all Nigerians who, Read more
A2Justice in a press statement issued on April 26th 2013 commended the decision of the Nigeria Judiciary to suspend Justice Abubakar Talba. Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, had approved the suspension of Justice Talba following his controversial judgment on John Yusufu, Read more
A2Justice condemned the presence of the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Ayoola Philips, at the signing into law of the State's Traffic Law by Governor Babatunde Fashola. In a statement signed by its Executive Director, Mr. Joseph Otteh, Read more
»Click here to download a copy of the petition by A2Justice to the National Judicial Council for an Urgent, Full-Scale, Impartial Investigation into Allegations that Chief Justice of Nigeria Sought, or Made Overt Efforts to interfere with Proceedings Pending before an Election Appeals Tribunal
»Click here to download a copy of the letter to the Secretary to the NJC Committee on Allegation against Hon. Justice Thomas Naron and 4 others, on Gubernatorial Election Tribunal in Osun State in response to an invitation to A2Justice to participate at the Committee’s sitting scheduled for the 14th and 15th of September 2011
»Click here to download A2Justice’s Press Statement on Hon. Justice Ayo Salami’s Reinstatement and the need for NJC to rise again from its ashes to do a much better job of restoring integrity to Nigerian Judiciary
»Click here to download a copy of complaint by A2Jusstice to the Chairman, National Judicial Council, against the cases of arbitrary transfers of Federal High Court Judges without adequate consideration to the impact of such transfers on Litigants and the need for institutional arrangements to mitigate effects of such transfers.
»Click here to download a copy of Congratulatory letter to the Chief Justice of Nigeria on the confirmation of Appointment and a plea to pursue judicial reforms, written by A2Justice on the 23rd of September 2011
»Click here to download a copy of Press Statement by A2Justice congratulating Hon. Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar on her assumption of office as the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria and the need to rebuild the waning confidence in Nigeria’s Judiciary
»Click here to download a copy of congratulatory letter by A2Justice to Hon. Justice Dahiru Musdapher (CON) on his appointment as Chief Justice of Nigeria and a petition to convene urgent session of the National Judicial Council to Review and Rescind Decision taken to suspend Hon. Justice Ayo Salami as President of Court of Appeal
»Click here to download a copy of Protest of Hon. Justice Umaru Abdullahi, Chairman NJC Panel on the Investigation of Complaints against Chief Justice of Nigeria and President of the Court of Appeal at the non-invitation of Access to Justice to the Panel’s hearing on Petitions against Chief Justice of Nigeria and President of the Court of Appeal
»Click here to download a copy of Press Statement by A2Justice titled: “Off to a Faulty Start: Chief Justice Musdapher Must Do Better to Fix the Self-Inflicted Damage by NJC, not Aggravate Tensions”
»Click here to download a copy of the Press Statement by A2Justice hailing the suspension of Justice Naron and Archibong by the National Judicial Council.
»Click here to download a copy of the Petition by A2Justice to the National Judicial Council to investigate allegations made by Justice Okechukwu Okeke (Rtd.) that Supreme Court Justice, Hon. Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, extrajudicial attempted to influence the outcome of a Case pending before him
»Click here to download a copy of letter by A2Justice in response to the reply by the NJC Panel on the Investigation of complaints against Chief Justice of Nigeria and President of the Court of Appeal to its Protest at non-invitation to the Panel’s Hearing
»Click here to download a copy of the petition by A2Justice to the National Judicial Council, urging investigation into Allegations of Ex-parte Communications between Justices Ayo Salami PCA and A. Dauro JCA and Counsel to a Party in the Ekiti State Gubernatorial Election Appeal Tribunal