Judiciary has adopted ICT to tackle delays — CJN

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.

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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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Speaking at the 2018 refresher course for magistrates, 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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