Malami: Why Nigeria needs virtual court proceedings

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By Ebere Agozie

The Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, has said that the virtual court sitting technology in Correctional facilities will ensure speedy dispensation of justice.

This, according to him, will also decongest custodial centres in the country.

Malami said this on Monday at the official launching ceremony at the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja.

He said the project was initiated to ensure the hearing and determination of urgent and time-bound cases using the digital platform.

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“This system would equally ensure speedy dispensation of trials in line with section 36(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), which provides that every person shall be entitled to a fair hearing within a reasonable time.

“It would also eliminate the issue of difficulties in conveying the inmates to court and would further ensure the safety and security of the inmates and law enforcement officers.

“We will no longer be constrained by mobility, space and time in the justice delivery with the virtual court sitting facilities and deployment of incidental technology.

Malami noted that the Nigerian justice system is founded on the constitutional principle of fundamental rights to fair hearing which requires the court to hear and determine cases in public or without the physical presence of the suspects or parties in court.

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