Ju­di­ciary has adopted ICT to tackle de­lays

The Punch - - NEWS - Ade Ade­s­o­moju, Abuja

The Chief Jus­tice of Nige­ria, Jus­tice Wal­ter Onnoghen, said on Mon­day that the ju­di­ciary had adopted the use of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy to ad­dress the de­lay in the na­tion’s jus­tice sys­tem.

he said, as he ear­lier dis­closed in Fe­bru­ary this year, that by July, the Supreme Court would only ac­cept fil­ings through the Nige­rian Le­gal E-mail Sys­tem and would stop ac­cept­ing court pro­cesses in pa­per forms.

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or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Ju­di­cial In­sti­tute in Abuja, the CJN also said pro­fi­ciency in ICT would be a pre-req­ui­site for ca­reer ad­vance­ment within the Nige­rian ju­di­ciary in no dis­tant fu­ture.

he said, “Case man­age­ment tools can now be ac­cessed 24 hours a day from the com­fort of our homes and hear­ing no­tices will in the near­est fu­ture be e-mailed to lawyers once en­rol­ment on the ju­di­ciary’s Nige­rian Le­gal E-mail Sys­tem is fully achieved in con­junc­tion with the Nige­rian Bar As­so­ci­a­tion.

“As we speak, the dead­line for pa­per court pro­cesses in the Supreme Court has been fixed for July 2018.

“Se­quel to these and other strides to au­to­mate as­pects of our pro­ce­dure and rules, I urge you to en­sure that you are pro­fi­cient in the use of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

“In­deed, I must in­form you that e-pro­fi­ciency will be­come a ver­i­ta­ble pre-req­ui­site for ca­reer ad­vance­ment within our ju­di­ciary in no dis­tant fu­ture.

“There­fore, it will be in your own in­ter­est to key into these re­forms in or­der not to be left be­hind like a fos­sil, while the rest of the ju­di­ciary make the evo­lu­tion­ary leap into an au­to­mated ju­di­ciary.”

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