The Rules of Professional Conduct 2007 states that lawyers who wish to carry on practice as a legal practitioner shall participate in and satisfy the requirements of the mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes organized by the Nigerian Bar Association. These programs include seminars, workshops and conferences for the purpose of furthering their legal knowledge.

Cross Section of Participants

Just as other professional bodies, the practice is dynamic and being that as the society progresses, the laws in place either become obsolete, supplemented, replaced or developed. Learning is a continuous exercise which demands all lawyers to hon their skills and develop themselves so that they will not become part of the menace associated in the legal system.  A lawyer ought to be diligent and exhibit versatility, where these are lacking can be injurious to the legal profession. The packages of these programmes deal on all round solidification of the lawyer and his everyday practice.

Justice Ajileye delivers his lecture on Digital Evidence in Calabar

The Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) is partnering with the Nigerian Bar Association to organize hybrid trainings for lawyers in diffrent branches of the NBA in Nigeria. It is a two-day training program held among the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria. The training modules focuses on core areas of the Administration of Criminal Justice which are:

  • Fundamentals of Criminal Procedure in Nigeria
  • Human Rights Law
  • Economic and Financial Crimes in Nigeria
  • Freedom of Information
  • Restorative Justice System & Non-Custodial Sentencing
  • Evidence Law
  • Witness Management and Protection: SGBV, Children & Other Vulnerable Groups
  • Law Practice Management and Advocacy Skills

According to Chino Obiagwu SAN, National Coordinator LEDAP the uniqueness of the programme is the forging together with a team of experts comprising retired Justices, Academics and senior lawyers to to produce lecture synopses and guides while also facilitating trainings in the selected NBA branches. Some of the organisations providing technical support to the programme are the Juritrust Centre for Socio-Legal Research & Documentation and the Centre for Socio-Legal Studies (CSLS). Both organisations are primarily involved in building capacity of legal practitioners and are grantees of the MacArthur foundations On Nigeria Criminal Justice Project.

The inaugural session of the programme was held last week in Calabar, Cross River State on 13 – 14 July with more than 60 participants. Before the kick-off LEDAP organized on 8 and 9 June in Lagos a 3 day team building an Curriculum Development meeting.

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