The Lagos State Administration of Felony Justice (Modification) Regulation (ACJL) 2021 has empowered trial judges to award compensation to victims of crimes who are suffering accidents because of an motion of a responsible defendant.
The state’s Lawyer-Common and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, disclosed this whereas addressing newsmen on some distinctive options of the ACJL, signed into regulation not too long ago by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In line with Onigbanjo, Part 372 of the regulation gave energy to judges to award commensurate compensation in legal instances, the place victims have suffered losses or accidents not like previously the place this solely applies to individuals who have suffered monetary losses.
He mentioned: “Part 372 gave energy to the judges to award compensation in legal instances the place victims have suffered losses or accidents. The decide additionally has the ability to forfeit the property of the responsible defendants or another particular person or state and get them organized to be bought to compensate the victims of crimes.
“So, it now not applies to individuals who suffered monetary damages but in addition to individuals who endure accidents by the motion regarding that crime.
“In doing so, the court docket in contemplating the award of compensation to the sufferer could name for added proof to allow it decide the quantum of compensation to award.”
Onigbanjo additionally revealed that Part 370 of the ACJL mandated the state to determine a criminal offense information register. He mentioned the info register could be an digital repository of data on suspects and offenders both convicted or awaiting trial who go via the legal justice system from the purpose of arrest via prosecution and till the judgment is delivered.
Onigbanjo additional acknowledged that the register would additionally function a legal data database and organisations within the state could apply to acquire legal data, notably for intercourse offenders.
“It should additionally help the police within the investigation of crime as enough data on all convicted individuals could be obtainable, which ought to make it simple to determine convicts in subsequent proceedings,” he added.
The attorney-general additionally cited Part 298, which empowers the court docket to make an order of interim forfeiture of property earlier than the graduation or conclusion of a trial the place there’s cheap floor to consider such property has been used or offered for the fee of the offence charged.
He famous that the part additionally empowers the court docket to make an interim order to freeze monies in such account the place there’s cause to consider that monies in an account are fairly suspected to be proceeds of unlawful or illegal transaction and won’t be obtainable throughout and after the trial.