Abiodun OBA


The deployment of a virtual court sitting technology in Correctional facilities is aimed at ensuring speedy dispensation of Justice and decongestion of custodial centres in the country.

The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN on Monday, made this known at the launch of the pilot project for the deployment and use of Virtual Court sitting facilities at the Kuje Correctional Centre, Abuja on Monday.

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

“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 are no longer constrained by mobility, space and time in the justice delivery on account of accommodation of the virtual court sitting facilities and deployment of incidental technology.

“Notably, our justice system is founded on the constitutional principle of fundamental rights to fair hearing that requires the court to hear and determine cases in public and the physical presence of the suspects or parties in court” Malami said.

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