In Nigeria, the Supreme Court has promised to quit the manual method of serving court processes in all cases and shall commence serving processes via electronics from July 16, 2018.
Walter Onnoghen, who is the Chief Justice of Nigeria, said this on Friday in Abuja, Federal Capital, at the formal presentation of the ‘newly retrofitted court and legal mail’ at the Supreme Court.
The Chief judge of the Federation has called on all legal practitioners to subscribe to and acquire the legal mail system. He said doing so would be in the interest of all since the system will be replicated in all courts in Nigeria soon.
In stating the reasons why the electronic mail is necesary in the Nigeria judiciary, the Chief Judge said, ‘this will speed up justice delivery in the country”.
“Manual forms of communication within the Nigerian courts will soon be phased out. Henceforth, lawyers who have acquired a legal email can now communicate electronically with the courts and with each other.
“However, by 16 July 2018, it becomes mandatory. The Supreme Court will only serve processes by electronic means that is, the legal mail, on all matters.
“Hence, all new filing as from 16th July 2018, must bear counsel’s legal email address.
“All courts are also encouraged to start using the email for serving lawyers. In addition, communication between the various judicial bodies will soon be through the official email system only – thereby, harnessing the benefits of the system in terms of confidentiality, integrity and availability,” Onnoghen said.
Other legal luminaries believe in the new system of electronic mail. President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Abubakar Mahmoud, says:
“The email system will undoubtedly easy communication between the court and the bar. It will reduce paper work, speed up the court process and thereby improve the administration of justice.
“It is a major step in the attainment of objectives set out in the Judicial Information Technology policy of the Nigerian Judiciary launched in July 2012, with the mission of fully integrating ICT into our court system,” he said.