Informal Justice Court: help inmates
Welcome to the Informal Justice Court where pre-trial inmates of Ikoyi Prison act to create justice. In the court that will be established inside the prison, the inmates will act out their own cases in mock trials. Here they will be assisted by pro bono lawyers and law students, normally educated in mock courts on university campus.
By generating a training program the court aims for improving inmates’ judiciary process. By taking on the different roles present in a formal court, such as judge, prosecutor, defendant and jury, the inmates gain legal knowledge and learn the skills to defend their case in court. Importantly, inmates not just receive legal help, but they are heard and can regain control in their often hopeless situation.
The project consists of 4 stages: selection of inmates (Stage 1), training program for inmates (Stage 2), the informal justice court in action (Stage 3), and the theater play (Stage 4).