Worried by the high level of congestion of cases in Nigeria’s courts, the National Judicial Council, NJC 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 disclosed that it was one of the nine recently completed technological enhanced courtrooms across the country.
Justice Zannah who is also the Chief Judge of Borno State explained the Retrofitted court room is an initiative of the National Judicial Council towards standardization of courtroom infrastructure nationwide; by integrating ICT into court processes in Nigeria.
“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 revealed that similar court rooms had been provided for the Court of Appeal, Federal High Court, National Industrial Court among others by the NJC and pleaded with the state governments to key into the new policy for the state judiciary.