THE IMPACT OF JUDICIAL REFORMS ON LEGAL SYSTEMS: A REVIEW IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES

Authors

  • Chidiogo Uzoamaka Akpuokwe Independent Researcher, Seattle, Washington State, USA
  • Adekunle Oyeyemi Adeniyi United Nations Population Fund, Sri Lanka
  • Seun Solomon Bakare Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Faculty of Law, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Nkechi Emmanuella Eneh Department of Public Law, University of Cape, Town South Africa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.51594/ijarss.v6i3.850

Abstract

This Review delves into the intricate dynamics of judicial reforms and their consequential impact on legal systems across African countries. As nations grapple with the need for effective, transparent, and accessible justice, this review examines the multifaceted transformations within the judicial realm. The study explores the motivations, methodologies, and outcomes of judicial reforms, shedding light on the implications for legal frameworks, societal justice, and the overall rule of law. The review begins by contextualizing the imperative for judicial reforms in African countries, identifying prevalent challenges and shortcomings in existing legal systems. It delves into the motivations behind the call for reform, encompassing issues such as backlog reduction, corruption mitigation, and the pursuit of equitable access to justice. This sets the stage for a comprehensive examination of the methodologies employed in implementing judicial reforms, encompassing legislative changes, institutional restructuring, and the infusion of technology to enhance legal processes. A critical aspect of the review is the analysis of the tangible outcomes and transformative effects of judicial reforms on legal systems. The study scrutinizes the efficacy of reforms in expediting legal proceedings, ensuring fair and impartial adjudication, and fortifying the protection of individual rights. Additionally, the impact of reforms on the perception of justice, public trust in legal institutions, and the overall rule of law are explored. The diversity of approaches to judicial reforms across African countries is highlighted, showcasing unique challenges, successes, and lessons learned from varied contexts. This nuanced study contributes to a deeper understanding of the complexities involved in reshaping legal systems and informs potential best practices for other nations undergoing or contemplating similar reforms.  As the review unfolds, it underscores the interconnectedness of judicial reforms with broader societal and economic dynamics. The evolving role of the judiciary in upholding constitutional principles, safeguarding human rights, and fostering a conducive environment for economic development becomes evident. The Review concludes by emphasizing the significance of ongoing research and dialogue to refine judicial reforms continually, ensuring they align with evolving societal needs and contribute to the advancement of legal systems across the diverse landscape of African nations.

Keywords: Impact, Judicial Reforms, Legal Systems, Public Trust, Impartial.

Published

2024-03-08

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