Delay in the Administration of Criminal Justice

Commonwealth Developments and Experience

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Special Sittings of the Courts

Another method of expediting normal court business which has been experimented with to a limited extent in the Commonwealth is that of having special sittings of the lower courts usually to deal with minor traffic offences. These sittings are generally ‘special’ in terms of time - the courts convene outside of regular court hours - but they may also be ‘special’ in terms of location. In Nigeria, for example, Mobile Court Edicts have set up peripatetic courts to try traffic offences throughout the states of the Federation.


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