A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Conference for Western Attorneys-General (CWAG), in conjunction with the African Alliance Partnership (APP), has held a training to enhance lawyers’ capacity in oral advocacy.
CWAG coordinator Ebele-chukwu Enedah said the training was a forum for cross fertilisation of ideas among legal practitioners from different parts of the world and would impact positively on justice delivery in Nigeria.
“The training is aimed at preparing our lawyers for oral advocacy. This is very important because businesses have gone trans-border; we are no longer contained in Nigeria so we cannot say we are only in Nigeria,” she said.
Assistant Attorney-General, office of the Attorney-General of Arizona State, United States of America, Scott Blake, who gave a lecture on “Objections”, commended the organisers of the workshop, noting that it has afforded him opportunity to see how things are done in Nigeria.
He expressed confidence that after the training there would be a definite difference in the way participants prepare for and handle their trials, adding that this would impact positively on justice delivery in Nigeria.
Participants, on their part, said the workshop would help in tackling the issue of undue delay in justice delivery.
“There are a lot of things we have learnt here that have not been in full practice in the country before and we hope to translate them in the speedy dispensation of justice.
“We have seen the method of dispensation of justice, particularly criminal justice in the US, their method is very fast and much more effective, so with the training we have acquired here we hope to translate it into assisting the court and all ministers in the temple of justice,” said Abdullahi Yakubu from the Zaria branch of the Nigerian Bar Association.
The training covered areas such as preparation for trials, presentation of evidence, direct and cross examination, general overview of trial amongst others.