Commissioner of Justice and Attorney General, Lagos State, Nigeria
Focus: Getting the News Out/Managing Expectations
Interviewer(s): Graham Blair
Country of Reform: Nigeria
Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Olasupo Shasore, the commissioner of justice and attorney general of Nigeria's Lagos state, discusses some of the reforms and challenges he has faced in implementing those reforms, particularly overcoming the perception that reforming the higher courts without address magistrate courts could solve the problem. He describes the process of inaugurating and establishing a magistracy and justice sector reform committee as well as the benefits of making Saturday a day of business for the court. He also conveys the need for continuous training program for judicial officers. Another reform initiated during his tenure was ending prosecution by non-lawyers, particularly by police. Although he concedes that “change will always receive opposition,” he also stresses the potential for using the media to communicate the law and order agenda. Shasore has led by example, including prosecuting a variety of cases large as attorney general. He believes that dealing with small offenses such as traffic offenses leads to better public order and respect for public property. He advises people with an opening for reforms to have premeditated designs and a clear plan for implementation because it is easy to get distracted once in office.
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At the time of this interview, Olasupo Shasore was the commissioner of justice and attorney general for the Nigerian state of Lagos.