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E-case project to speed up Nigeria justice dispensation

27 August 2013, 12:07Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The National Judicial Council (NJC) has partnered with the National Centre for State Courts of America (NCSCN) to adopt an electronic case management system.

The initiative is poised to address the prevailing slow pace in the administration of justice in Nigeria.

NCSCN will help the local judicial council activate the project.

Speaking at an event organised to mark the signing of the agreement between the NJC and the NCSCA, Chairman of the Judicial Information Technology Committee, Justice Kashim Zannah, described the e-case management approach as milestone.

Zannah said the vision behind the project is to have a state of the art electronic case management system for the Nigerian judiciary."

"One would understand that a lot of automation has taken place in most sectors; in hospitals, banks, and businesses, but when it comes to courts it is a unique area where you cannot find expertise easily."

"We have gone for the best and we are grateful that they have been very considerate, very helpful and patient to our methods and ways and today we are here to do the formal signing of the agreement to implement this court automation effort," Zannah said.

He said the organisations would work jointly so the system was customised for the Nigerian judiciary based on our rules and our laws.

NCSCA, he added, was best suited to execute the project in the country, having garnered the expertise and experience from working in all parts of the world.

Vice Chairman of the NCSCA, Jeff Apperlson, assured that on completion, the project would improve the standard of the Nigerian judicial system.

"I am very proud to work in a partnership to establish a case management system for Nigeria that will facilitate efficiency, transparency and accountability for the courts and people of Nigeria.

"We are dedicated to transferring the knowledge of the National Centre for State Courts of America to the courts of Nigeria so that we can facilitate the operation of international standards for court management in Nigeria," Apperlson said.

Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mariam Aloma Mukhtar has subsequently directed that all judges in the country must become computer literate.

- CAJ News

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