Abuja — Justice administration within the Federal Capital Territory has assumed a new dimension as FCT Judiciary yesterday said it had perfected plans to commence electronic-Court system from January 2011.
The Chief Judge of FCT, Justice Lawal H. Gummi, who made this disclosure while commissioning a new high court and family court complex at Apo, a suburb in Abuja yesterday, said the system would make it possible for litigants outside the country to file and monitor the progress of their cases via the internet.
Describing the e-court initiative as a novelty, Justice Gummi maintained that the system would further enhance justice delivery in the country, stressing that the computerized legal method was inline with international best practices.
According to him, “judges from 2011 will be assigned to hear cases filed electronically and also determine same through the e-court system.”
Under this system, which is already practiced in countries like Malaysia, litigants can institute their case even from outside the country, select their counsels online, monitor the progress of the case from inception to judgment and a certified true copy made available to them within 24 hours.