FG to launch virtual court sitting facilities

The Lawyer Standard of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, is to start a nationwide deployment and use of virtual courtroom proceedings in Nigeria’s correctional centres.

The AGF’s spokesperson, Umar Gwandu, said in a assertion on Friday that the minister would “launch the pilot challenge for the deployment and use (of) Digital Court Sitting facilities at the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja on Monday, December 6, 2021.”

Mr Gwandu explained even further:, “The enhancement is portion of the system to employ the Post-Covid-19 Justice Sector Prepare marshaled out by the Office environment of the Legal professional Normal of the Federation and Minister of Justice in April, 2020”.

The assertion added, “The Secretary of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, Leticia Ayoola-Daniels doing work with the consultant of the supporting organization Mrs. Oyinye Ndubuisi of the UNDP are doing work assiduously to assure achievement of the laudable undertaking.”

This is coming extra than a yr after Mr Malami muted the plan in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown in April final year.

Considering that the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic final 12 months, digital court proceedings have received traction in the Nigeria’s judicial technique, owing to the lockdown and other protection actions that prohibit physical court sittings.

The National Judicial Council (NJC) has also issued a virtual court docket sittings suggestions for various courts, a lot of of whose main judges have also issued apply directions to that impact.

Mr Gwandu further more reported on Friday that the initiative was a single of the strategic interventions by the Workplace of the Lawyer Basic of the Federation and Minister of Justice “towards engendering long lasting reforms in the Felony Justice Sector in Nigeria.”

As a way of addressing the intractable delays in Nigeria’s criminal justice process, the statement reported the Justice Ministry in collaboration with the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, conceived the task to “expedite engagement with the Nigerian Correctional Centres to make it doable for evidence of suspects in custody to be taken devoid of their physical presence in court docket to steer clear of disruptions.”

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, the Controller-Typical of the Nigerian Correctional Services Halilu Nababa as well as users of the Presidential Committee on Correctional Reforms and Decongestion, are some of the dignitaries that are anticipated at the occasion.

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