Lagos Trains Judges and Magistrates on Best Practices for Adjudication of SGBV cases

The Lagos State Government under it’s  Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has commenced a 2-Day training of Judges and Magistrates on Best Practices for Adjudicating sexual and gender based Violence Cases in the State.

At the training program, The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba in His keynote Address accentuated the need to tackle the sexual and gender based Violence cases through a hands-on holistic approach via intensive training for stakeholders .

He emphasized that the availability of forensic facilities for evidence, investigation and gathering; aggressive sensitization against social stigmatization of victims/survivals; the provisions of psychosocial support services;  facilitation of support group counselling for survivors would further boost their confidence and integration into the society.

The Chief Judge also raised concerns about the protection of witnesses in court and encouraged the government to provide technology gadgets to interview or collect witness statements either virtually or physically.

Justice Alogba also assured that more in-house training would posit for timely/prompt adjudication of justice.

and concluded by thanking the organisers for putting the program together.

Still at the training, Solicitor General and  Permanent Secretary, Ms. Titilayo ShittaBey lauded the  DSVA’s successful provision of immense support and assistance to victims and survivors of domestic and Sexual crimes particularly children and women in obnoxious environment and increasing rate of cases received and handled by the DSVA are causes of concern to the State.

ShittaBey also maintained that the menace of SGBV required a holistic collaborative effort as survivors deserve to be treated delicately and with empathy at all stages of the criminal process taking into cognizance their traumatic and psychological state.

The Executive Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, DSVA Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi earlier in her Welcome, said the training was most compelling at the time as SGBV cases were on the rise and the objective was to address easy access to justice and faster delivering to Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence.

Facilitators handled various sessions amongst whom were Prof. Olufunmilayo Bammeke, Dean of Faculty-  University of Social Sciences University of Lagos, Dr. Tolu Oko-Ighaire of the Institute of Counseling in Nigeria,  Mrs Omotola Rotimi Administrator General and Public Trustee, Ministry of Justice and Mrs Atinuke Odukoya, Executive Director – Center for Women Health and Information CEWHIN and Mrs Lola Vivour-Adeniyi, Executive Secretary Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency DSVA.

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