Borno Govt Goes Digital, Tries Court Cases Via Teleconference

The Borno state government says it has sent up virtual courtroom to try cases via teleconference.

The chief judge of the high court of Borno Kashim Zannah said it during an interview on NTA on Tuesday.

Digital Courtroom
Digital Courtroom

According to Zannah, the government is taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to set up the initiative.

“Our aim has never been just because of COVID-19. Even under normal circumstances, there is no need to delay cases because someone needs to appear in court to open his mouth to talk. That he can do from anywhere in the world,” he said.

“Now that COVID-19 has brought that reality, we are hopeful that these changes will now come fast and we will show you more than we can do. We can end up making it a rule even.”

A judge of the state high court Fadawa Umaru had already used the virtual courtroom to try a case between the state and Ali Mohammed.

The court discharged and acquitted the defendant having been found not guilty and culpable murder.

A similar initiative has surfaced in Lagos State as a Chief judge, Kazeem Alogba approved a case to be heard via Skype or Zoom.

Judge Alogba assured that the guidelines would be released before May 4, a date set for the virtual court to take effect.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Tanko Mohammed had ordered the suspension of all court proceedings except in urgent cases as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.

The attorney general of the federation had on April 21 disclosed that lawyers would interface digitally.

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