A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF THE CRIMINAL JURISDICTION OF THE NATIONAL INDUSTRIAL COURT OF NIGERIA

Victor Oluwasina AYENI

Abstract


This paper examines the criminal jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) in the light of the Third Alteration Act 2010. Some of the questions raised and answered in the paper include whether the NICN has criminal jurisdiction? The paper also inquires whether the criminal jurisdiction of the NICN is exclusive or concurrent with other superior courts of record? What does the criminal jurisdiction of the NICN entail? In other words, over which crimes does the NICN have jurisdiction? And finally, is such jurisdiction really necessary or desirable? The paper argues that the conferment of criminal jurisdiction in labour-related matters on the NICN is a watershed in the annals of labour law development in Nigeria, if the jurisdiction is properly and effectively put into operation. Although some highly industrialized countries are yet to set up specialized courts for handling industrial disputes let alone conferring criminal jurisdiction on them, it is not anomalous if Nigeria blazes the trail in this area.

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