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Lagos courts to go paperless soon – CJ, Justice Opeyemi Oke

Lagos courts to go paperless soon – CJ, Justice Opeyemi Oke

Justice Opeyemi Oke

The Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Opeyemi Oke, said on Thursday that paper and manual filing of court documents would soon end at the Lagos State High Court.

She said the court would soon go digital with the deployment of electronic platform.

The Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Adeniji Kazeem, said a technology driven judiciary would help achieve better efficiency and quicker results.

They spoke at the opening of the technical sessions at the Annual Law Week of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos Branch, with the theme: “Human capital and the legal profession in the 21st century.”

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The keynote speaker, Lagos Court of Arbitration President, Mr. Yemi Candide-Johnson (SAN), said lawyers must adopt global best practices as legal services consumers no longer accept anything less.

Justice Oke, who was represented by Justice Adeniyi Onigbanjo, said an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) consultant was working on the digital platform.

She expressed optimism that lawyers practicing in Lagos would not find it difficult to migrate to the platform.

She said: “It is clear that the Bar and Bench in Lagos are working in tandem towards bringing the practice of law and adjudication in the state in line with evolving trends and international best practices.

“It has been a pleasure to observe that lawyers practicing in Lagos State have already started moving in line with international best practices and have been most corporative and understanding with the efforts of the Lagos State judiciary as we move along those lines.

“We appreciate the fact that such changes may not be convenient bearing in mind that most of us are used to the traditional modes of practicing law, but as the theme of the law week conveys, the world is moving at a very fact pace and we cannot afford to be left behind.

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“So, it behooves on all of us – the Bar and the Bench – to move in line with contemporary trends. Within the Lagos State judiciary, we are initiating an ICT platform for the filing of processes at the high court on an e-platform, in which case we’re trying to go paperless in the nearest future, but for now we have started the process.

“We have an IT consultant designing our IT platforms for the implementation. That is why it gladdens my heart that while we’re doing that from the judiciary end, the Bar is also moving in tandem with this and is initiating programmes and sensitising its members on the need for all of us to work together.”

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