Lagos State Ministry of Justice

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Mr. Jide Martins – Director Office Of The Public Defender

Dr. Jide Martins is a Legal Luminary, a Progressive and Seasoned Technocrat,  a Human Rights Advocate, a Passionate and Relentless Worker in the Temple of Justice.

He is a graduate of University  of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1990 and is  also a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Dr. Martins graduated  with Master in Law, LLM in European Management  and Employment  Law and Master of Business Administration (MBA)  respectively from the University  of Leicester, England. He thereafter bagged  a PhD in  Constitutional law from Birkbeck  College, University of London.

Dr.  Martins is the current Director of the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender an agency  saddled with the mandate of ensuring that every resident of Lagos State has equal access to justice. Prior to joining the Lagos State Ministry  of Justice, Dr. Martins had worked in England as a Crown Prosecutor  and at Blackburn  Borough Council in England, where his practice included  Criminal Prosecution, Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Youth Justice and Safeguarding.

A Versatile Facilitator who has conducted, presented papers and served as a discussant at the National Judicial Institute  and Lagos State Judiciary legal week. He has also conducted several trainings on Criminal Justice Administration to Police Officers, Magistrates  and Customary Court Judges.  He is an ardent advocate of Restorative Justice and Mediation in Criminal Matters.


He is an  advocate of a fair and just Criminal Justice system and was a member of the committee that drafted the Lagos State  Sentencing guidelines. He has served as the Liasion Officer on the European Union funded  Rule of Law and Anti- corruption  Programme administered by the British Council in Lagos state. He is  also currently the Liasion Officer for the Ministry of Justice on the German GIZ Programme for support for the Criminal Justice Administration.

 He has served as Special Assistant on Criminal Prosecutions to two former Lagos State Attorney  Generals and was formerly a  Deputy  Director of Public Prosecutions,  before his recent appointment  as Director of Office of Public Defender.

Dr. Martins is a current member of the Lagos State Biosecurity Board.

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