Nigeria: Manual Exchange of Court Processes Will Be Phased Out Soon - CJN

9 September 2020

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammad has said the manual exchange of processes in Nigerian courts will soon be phased out.

The CJN, at a virtual National Workshop for Information and Communication Technology Staff, organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI) in Abuja, said the electronic exchange of court process will ensure effective communication of court records and processes.

The CJN said it's the duty of the ICT staff to keep confidentiality of court records and processes, adding that any breach of the duty will attract severe consequence.

He said, "In an effort to consolidate the transition to automated justice system spearheaded by JITPO-COM, the judiciary has now stepped up its drive to roll-out technologies namely legal mail and Nigeria Case Management System (NCMS), to every level of our courts and courts services".

"To achieve this, we have deployed these technologies to enhance an efficient justice system that works for all. Legal Mail now serves as a new means of communication between judges, court staff and lawyers".

"This will ensure effective communication of Court records and processes. To this end, the manual exchange of court processes would soon be phased out. I therefore implore you to key into this painstaking drive of the new normal in order to attain a reliable, efficient and accessible justice system".

"Distinguished participants, while you provide first line support to the administration of justice, your duty to keep confidentiality of court records and processes is sacrosanct as breach of this duty attracts severe consequence. You should therefore uphold the trust as is required of your office".

"I have had the privilege of going through the programme for the Workshop and I am indeed satisfied with the quality of its content as well as the experience and industry of the resource persons and the Chairmen of Sessions. I am very optimistic that at the end of the programme every participant will be enriched with a better idea of improving the administration of justice through ICT.

"Under my leadership as Chief Justice of Nigeria, We have had series of virtual meetings at the National Judicial Council (NJC), several remote court sittings in the Supreme court, apart from daily virtual administrative proceedings.

"Our Judiciary needs to be seen to be responding timeously to the dynamics of social changes, needs, and justice of the matters brought before us according to law. I therefore encourage all Heads of Courts, Judicial Officers, Court Staff and Court users to rise up to the challenge."

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