The Supreme Court said on Friday that it would eliminate manual methods for documenting and serving court papers by July 2018.
It likewise said correspondence between judges, court staff and attorneys and additionally between legal counselors, would just be through electronic means.
The Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman of the National Judicial Council, Justice Walter Onnoghen, while reporting the new approach in Abuja on Friday, said a legitimate email stage had been set up to supplant the manual framework.
The CJN said this amid the formal introduction of the recently ‘retrofitted court and the lawful email framework’.
The occasion held in the retrofitted court, in the Supreme Court complex, Abuja.
As indicated by the CJN, all legal counselors must procure the ‘legitimate email’ to have the capacity to indict cases under the steady gaze of the pinnacle court as from July 16, 2018.
Equity Onnoghen said legal counselors who had obtained the lawful email could instantly begin utilizing the legitimate email for discussing electronically with the court and with each other.
He, be that as it may, said the legitimate email would turn into the obligatory methods for correspondence, recording and administration of court forms at the Supreme Court toward the finish of the due date.
He, in this way, guided procedures to be documented under the steady gaze of the Supreme Court must bear the legal advisor’s lawful email address.
He stated, “I might want to beseech al judges and legal counselors to go along with us on this journey for brilliance by buying in to, and gaining the legitimate email, as manual types of correspondence with the Nigerian courts will soon be eliminated.
“From this time forward, legal counselors who have procured the legitimate email would now be able to discuss electronically with courts and with each other.
“Be that as it may, by July 16, 2018, it winds up plainly compulsory.
“The Supreme Court will just serve forms by electronic means (lawful mail) on all issues.
“Consequently, all new filings as from July 16, 2018 must bear direction’s legitimate email address.”
As per Justice Onnoghen, the new legitimate email is a noteworthy part of the strategy being sought after through the Judicial Information Technology Policy Committee initiated in 2012 by a previous CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, who kicked the bucket as of late.
He said the strategy was set up to improve equity conveyance in the Nigerian court.
He said legitimate email would guarantee “consistent trade of data electronically inside the legal environment” and would be repeated in every single Nigerian court”
He stated, “We mean to imitate this achievement in every other court soon as the Nigerian legal is focused on utilizing front line innovation to upgrade equity organization and giving residents the equity framework they merit; one that is straightforward, quick and open.
“A noteworthy part of the arrangement being actualized is the one of a kind Legal E-mail System, which will fill in as a methods for correspondence between judges, court staff and legal counselors, and in addition between legal counselors.”
He likewise said that in the want “to mechanize the Nigerian legal”, the Nigerian Case Management System had been produced and conveyed.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Abubakar Mahmud (SAN), likewise hailed the new strategy and asked legal advisors to enter into it to upgrade the country’s equity conveyance framework.
Malami, who was spoken to by one of his helpers, Mr. Abiodun Aikomo, said the legitimate email venture “will open the way to a quiet, however long past due transformation in the act of law in Nigeria.”
Malami, who was spoken to by Aikomo, included that the legitimate calling couldn’t bear to stay “in a simple state with all its immovable disadvantages” when “worldwide exercises” were winding up progressively electronically-determined”.
He said the lawful calling couldn’t stand to be abandoned when “frameworks and tasks are winding up progressively digitalised crosswise over different segments of the economy, for example, oil and gas, tax assessment, saving money and fund and other basic segments”.
He included, “The issues related with the manual administration of archives inside our court framework surely add to the not as much as perfect speed and proficiency of prosecution forms in Nigeria.
“This activity is, along these lines, a positive advancement and should add to our aggregate endeavors to build up a more effective and others conscious legitimate framework.”
The Chairman of the Judicial Information Technology, Justice Kashim Zannah, who is additionally the Chief Judge of Borno State, said the lawful email framework was unique in relation to the “conventional openly accessible electronic messages”.
He said the legitimate email was just “for individuals from the bar and seat” went for tending to data administration and correspondence which he said was a noteworthy issue confronting Nigerian courts.