The National Judicial Council, NJC has launched a fully retrofitted court room to the Supreme Court of Nigeria to ease the challenges militating against the speedy adjudication of cases in the country.
Handing over the Court to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Chairman, Judiciary Information Technology of the NJC, Justice Kashim Zannah noted that it was one of the nine recently completed technological enhanced courtrooms in the country.
Justice Zannah who is also the Chief Judge of Borno State explained that the an initiative was aimed at standardizing courtroom infrastructure nationwide by integrating ICT into court processes.
“The courts are designed with bespoke sound absorption acoustic panels to attenuate or completely eliminate all types of noise from entering the courtroom, this is to ensure clarity of spoken words in court, without echo and reverberations.”
“The courts are equipped with all technology necessary to enable appearance of remotely located counsels, witnesses, as well as defendants in correctional facilities.”
The Chief Judge expressed optimism that the new efforts would not only ensure speedy justice delivery but would go a long way in decongesting and reducing the piled up cases in Courts.
He added that similar court rooms had been provided for the Court of Appeal, Federal High Court, National Industrial Court among other courts by the NJC and pleaded with the state governments to key into the new policy for the state judiciary.
Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu; Editing by Oluwaseyi Ajibade and Annabel Nwachukwu