Role of The Judiciary in Promoting Access to Justice in Nigeria

Abstract

The role of the Judiciary in promoting access to justice cannot be over-emphasised, neither can its contribution towards attainment of justice be quantified. An independent, strong, respectable and responsible judiciary is indispensable for the administration of justice in any society. It is in this light that the Judiciary, as an arm of government, is the most important of all the three arms of government in Nigeria. The availability of the judicial system and the quality of justice it dispenses depend largely on the coordinated efforts of the judicial officers and the staff of the courts, their professional competence and compliance with ethical standards of conduct and discipline at work.  An effective justice system is one that is accessible in all its parts. Without this, the system risks losing its relevance and the respect of the people it serves. Accessibility therefore is more than ease of access to the courts and legal representation, it involves an appreciation and understanding of the needs of those who require the assistance of the legal system. It is the duty of the judiciary to adequately protect all individuals that come before it to seek justice. In consideration of the importance of the judiciary, it is expected that it should play leadership role in the provision of access to justice. Unfortunately, access to justice in Nigeria is faced with so many challenges. These challenges and more shall form the focus of this research.

Citation: Josephine Nkeonye Egemonu (2022) Role of The Judiciary in Promoting Access to Justice in Nigeria, Global Journal of Politics and Law Research, Vol.10, No.5, pp.1-16

Keywords: Access, Judiciary, Justice, Nigeria

DOI: https://doi.org/10.37745/gjplr.2013vo10n3pp116

Article Review Status: Published

Pages: 1-16 (Download PDF)

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