Lawyer in a Nigerian court ©

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In Nigeria, long trial delays are a major obstacle to achieving fair and swift administration of justice. In criminal trials, delays cause congestions in courts, long pretrial detention, and overcrowding in prisons. 

RoLAC worked with lawyers and the police to introduce plea bargains in criminal trials. A plea bargain allows the defendant to plead guilty to a lesser offence than the offence originally charged, leading to a reduced sentence. When a plea bargain is accepted, the case does not go through the full trial process, thus providing a speedier resolution. This reduces the number of cases in courts and ATPs in prisons. 

You can download the how to guide below. We hope you find it useful.