1,700 Cases Handled By District Prosecutors In 2020 – Lagos

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The director, public prosection, Adeyemi Olayinka, in a statement said the decision to create the District Prosecutor’s Office was an administrative decision and the project had been closely monitored.

She added that the prosecutors have established an operating protocol through which they give reports monthly, forward technical and special cases to the Directorate of Public Prosecution for advice.

Olayinka said two district prosecutors have been deployed to the Magistrate Courts in Lagos State to ensure that all charges brought in by Investigating Police Officers meet the minimum threshold of a case and deserving of a criminal trial.

She noted that the district prosecutors sift cases brought in by IPOs and if found not to be criminal cases they are forwarded to the Civil Court or restorative justice Court.

“The sub-unit was established to sift cases that are to be charged before the Magistrate Courts, especially civil cases couched to look like criminal cases,” she said

Olayinka added that the state government was gradually phasing out Police Prosecutors, saying more Counsel would be needed to prosecute cases on behalf of the government.

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