ABOUT THE COURSEThe course deals with the management of our court system and the administration of the judiciary as an organ of the government.Judiciary as a creation of the constitution is the third organ of government any where in the world and Nigeria inclusive. It is the arm of government saddled with the responsibility of interpreting the laws already made by the Legislature and executed by the executive arms of government. The judiciary is also expected to adjudicate over disputes between individuals; individuals and government as well as between other arms and tiers of government. This is he reason why the effective and efficient management and administration of the judiciary as an organ of government is very crucial especially during the democratic dispensation.The important of the judiciary as the most important arm of government cannot be over emphasized, especially in the democratic era, which we are in Nigeria, so, one can safely conclude that it effective and efficient management and administration is sine – qua – non of justice, peace, fairness and progress in any nation.COURSE OUTLINE Basic Concepts and Principles • Overview of the Nigeria legal system and its component state court systems• The role of an independent judiciary in trial and appellate courts• Court structures• Fundamental principles of judicial management and court administrationConstitutional provisions on the status of Judiciary in Nigeria.
Meaning, objective and function of judiciary.
Powers and authority of judiciary.
Doctrine of separation of power.
Court System: Structure.Hierarchical arrangement of courts.
Court of Appeal.
High Court of State and Federal.
Customary Court of Appeal and Shariah Court of Appeal
Magistrate Court and District Courts
Shariah Courts and Area Courts.
Environmental Court of the State.
(d). Rent Tribunals and other Tribunals.Court Management and Judicial Administration.• Appointments of Justice and Judges.• Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria.• Appointment of the President of Court of Appeal.• Appointment of the Chief Judge of the State.• Appointment of the President of Customary Court of Appeal.• Appointment of the President of Industrial Court.• Appointment of the Grand Khadi of Shariah Court of Appeal.Authority, powers and functions of the various Courts of Record.• Authority derived from the Constitution (grundnorm).• Powers derived from the Constitution.• Functions derived from the Constitution.• Authority, powers and functions created by other extant laws.General Issues of Judicial and Court Administration• Court administration at the national level, regional and local level• Non-judicial court management• Court staff integrity: ethics and codes of conduct for court managers Specific Issues of Judicial Management• Budget and finance• Space and facilities• Legislative and public affairs statistics• Court staff training• Strategic and long-range planningCase Management (presented concurrently with Judicial Seminar)• Case management principles and practices• Evaluation of court procedures and case processing• Developing and implementing a case management plan• Establishing a case management system• Technology for case management• An efficient clerk's office: filing and other systemsTARGET PARTICIPANTSMiddle and senior management of any court. Legal Officers in the public sector e.t.c.