Child/Juvenile trials under the criminal justice administration in Nigeria: An urgent compulsion for reformations
Crimes are part of every society, every day, every month and all through the year. These crimes in times past were committed by persons that have attained the age of majority or adults, but in the recent decades, there had been an alarming rise in the number of child/juvenile delinquencies across the globe. This child/juvenile may have to come face to face with the law and are unfortunately often treated like adults and mixed with adults in prisons. This paper concentrates on the Nigerian laws that protect children in a juvenile trial. The study argues that though the laws are active in its substantive state, but are very docile in the paradigm of implementation. It is recommended that on no account should juveniles must be transferred to an adult court. The work concludes that the rate of crimes executed by juveniles in Nigeria is on the increase and the criminal justice system in every state in Nigeria must be advanced to ensure that the rights of a child during trial are not breached.