Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday, adopted the report of the Lagos State Customary Court Amendment Bill 2017 as the resolution of the House.
The acting Chairman of Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso who presented the report on the floor of the House stated that the oral presentation and memoranda submitted by the stakeholders during the public hearing made useful contribution towards the amendment of the Lagos State Customary Court Law 2017.
She further stated that there were cautious advice from legal practitioners on the practicability of criminal adjuration by customary court headed by those who are not lawyers.
She also spoke on the need to review the qualification of the head of the customary court to be a law graduate.
Some of the recommendations made at the sitting were: a customary court may order community service in respect of any offence which shall not exceed three weeks and that the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission is to ensure that Customary Court officials undergo periodic trainings on criminal procedure rules to meet up with this new bill.
It also stated that the principal law which deals with the qualification of the president and members be reviewed upwards to graduate of law and the creation of Customary Courts in all the local governments across the State.
Contributing, Hon. Abiodun Tobun stated that there is need for the customary court to be empowered to prosecute criminals and also have lawyers to head the customary court so as to hasten prosecution of criminal cases at the local level.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa expressed his approval to review the qualification of head of customary court to be a law graduate.
To this end, the recommendations of the committee were adopted as a resolution of the House.