What is it about?
The use of tactics and technicality by litigants to delay prosecution of criminal trial has been a common phenomenon in Nigeria. To prevent this attitude and ensure trials within reasonable time the ACJA was enacted and one of its novel provision is prohibition of Stay of Proceedings. It is the authors' position that the Nigeria Supreme Court decision which upheld the constitutionality of the said provision will ensure speedy disposition of criminal cases and protect the right of litigants to fair hearing within reasonable time.
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Why is it important?
It ended the era of using delay mechanisms to frustrate trial of criminal cases especially, crime of corruption. It further reinforced the significance of the trial of cases within reasonable time enshrined in Constitution. The right of litigants to fair hearing is also protected.
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This page is a summary of: Prohibition of Stay of Proceedings in Criminal Litigations under ACJA/EFCC Acts and Speedy Dispensation of Justice: Olisah Metuh V FRN (2017) 5–7 MJSC 83, African Journal of Legal Studies, May 2020, Brill, DOI: 10.1163/17087384-12340054.
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