Thursday, 18 June 2020

COVID-19: Yobe courts commence virtual remote proceedings

The Yobe State High Court has launched virtual court proceedings for quick dispensation of justice in compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols in the state.

With this development, Yobe State Judiciary has now joined other states in the federation who are leveraging on cutting edge technology for the administration of justice.

The State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Gumna Kashim Kaigama who launched the initiative, said the project was conceived by the late State Chief Judge, Justice Garba Musa Nabaruma who prior to his death gave approval for the remote Court proceedings in Yobe state.

“Having assumed office as the Ag. Chief Judge, I deemed it expedient to fulfil the dreams of his lordship by moving the judiciary forward. I must confess these are but his initiative and his desire to see that the judiciary attains the level of modern trends in ICT development”, he explained.
 

Justice Kaigama also noted that the commencement of the virtual court proceedings became reality with the help of the Legal Defence and Assistance Project, (LEDAP) supported by MacArthur Foundation.

According to him, under the project four pilot High Courts in the state, High Court No. 1, 2 and 3 in Damaturu as well as the High Court in Potiskum have been equipped with ICT gadgets for the commencement of virtual proceedings.

“They supplied electronic gadgets in these Courts to the tune of about one million five hundred thousand naira (=N=1,500,000.00).

“Thus, very soon some High Courts in Yobe State will commence hearing urgent matters virtually without the necessity of parties and Lawyers coming courts. This is in compliance with the COVID-19 pandemic safety protocols”, Kaigama said.

Meanwhile, the State Acting Chief Judge, Justice Gumna Kashim Kaigama has sworn in Barrister Aisha Abubakar as the substantive Chief Registrar of the High Court alongside Barrister Ahmed Mohammed and Barrister Amina Bashir as Magistrates.

He said the appointment and subsequent swearing-in of the judicial officers will boost the administration of justice by bringing it closer to the doorsteps of the citizens.

“My advice to you is to maintain a high standard of decency, decorum and discipline, shun bribery and corruption in all its ramifications; and imbibe the culture of hard work for the task ahead of you in onerous”, Justice Kaigama charged.

The Acting Chief Judge warned judicial staff to keep off from his chambers except on request and banned unnecessary greetings.

He encouraged them to channel their complaints, suggestions, observations among others through the Chief Registrar as it is no longer business as usual.

Legal practitioners from within and outside Nigeria witnessed the launching and swearing-in of the newly appointed Chief Registrar of the High Court and two Magistratesevent via teleconferencing.

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