The Vice-President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), called on the country’s technology companies to develop special videoconferencing software for virtual hearing of cases in Nigerian courts.
According to Osinbajo, the common videoconferencing software, such as Zoom and Skype, may not the best for courts in the country.
The Vice-President pledged the support of the Federal Government for indigenous technology companies, including those working with the judiciary.
Osinbajo said this last week in his keynote address at the legal-tech conference with the theme, “A new paradigm in justice delivery,” jointly organised by LawPavilion Business Solutions Limited and TELNET Nigeria Limited.
The virtual conference was attended by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad; the President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr Paul Usoro (SAN); and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, among others.
In his remarks, Osinbajo said with the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, things would never be the same again and called on the judiciary to embrace new thinking and new ways, adding that the court needed purpose-built videoconferencing software.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to doing everything possible to support our tech companies, especially those that are concerned with the administration of justice,” Osinbajo said as he called for “retraining of our judicial personnel, lawyers and our legal staff.”
He commended the LawPavilion team for their resourcefulness and the hard work leading, noting that “almost on a yearly basis, the LawPavilion team has consistently introduced new technology products for justice delivery. We are all extremely proud of you.”
The Managing Director of LawPavilion, Mr Ope Olugasa, said the firm was “determined to bring more innovative technologies that will remove those age-old hurdles faced in the dispensation of justice,” in Nigerian courts.
One of the major highlights of the virtual conference was the launch of the Lagos State e-Laws on the LawPavilion E-bookstore by Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by the state Attorney General, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN).
The governor commended Law Pavilion for its “unwavering exploits aimed at accelerating justice system through technological innovation.