Greater Access to Defense and Justice (GADJET)

Nigeria’s justice system faces problems with fair and legal representation. These challenges are aggravated by limited resources: poor sanitation in prisons, overcrowding, and few trained legal aid and pro bono lawyers. Coupled with high-poverty rates and limited pro bono lawyers, citizens have little access to legal representation.

Working closely with Partners West Africa – Nigeria (PWA-N), the Democratic Action Group (DAG), and New – Rule LLC, PartnersGlobal is implementing the Greater Access to Defense and Justice (GADJET) project. The program has successfully opened the first Public Defenders Office (PDO) in Kano State, Nigeria to improve citizen’s access to justice. The GADJET program works closely with stakeholders at the community, local, state, national, and international levels to advocate and deliver effective justice services. The program also focuses on citizen engagement and advocacy by delivering public awareness campaigns and legal clinics to educate the public on their fundamental rights and how they can access PDO services.

Learn more about the impact of this project by reading Idris Nuhu’s story. A 35-year old detainee in Kurmawa prison, he spent seven years in pretrial detention without a formal court arraignment or appearance.

Funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement 

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