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Following the passage and signing into law of two major legislations before the end of former President Jonathan’s tenure. Besides the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and the Cybercrime Act 2015 which have been hailed as expected game changers in the criminal justice system, the legal system would again benefit from so many bills out of the 46 bills which were hurriedly passed by the senate on the eve of the tenure of the outgoing National Assembly.
While we are still making efforts to make available the e-copy of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and the Cybercrime Act 2015, find below bills that affect lawyers and the practice of law out of the 46 that were passed by the senate.
1. Office of the Nigerian Financial Ombudsman Bill;
2. Community Service Bill;
3. Institute of Chartered Trustees of Nigeria Bill;
4. National Convict and Criminal Records (Registry) Bill;
5. Electronic Transactions Bill;
6. Investment and Securities (Amendment) Bill.
7. Labour Institutions (Establishment) Bill;
8. Witness Protection Programme Bill;
9. Institute of Mediators and Conciliators Bill;
10. Legal Education Act (Amendment) Bill;
11. Oaths Act (Amendment) Bill;
12. Whistle-blower Protection Bill; Treasury Management Bill;
13. Anti-Torture Bill;
14. Lobbyist (Registration and Regulation) Bill;
15. Nigerian Prison Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill;
16. The Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Act (Amendment) Bill; and
17. Sexual Offences Bill