Great news innit? I am presuming this will mean a reduction in the stories we cover in the ‘Celebrities Behaving Badly’ category because there is no need for threats to sue anymore (on social media). You can call your lawyer if someone defames you or infringes on your intellectual property and (your lawyer) can easily file the case online. Also, it appears the portal will let the rest of the world see the papers that have been filed. I look forward to seeing the cases filed. It should also make for more legal reporting and analysis here on AML, at least I hope.
Check out a link to the site and also the story below.
“The Lagos State Judiciary has achieved another first. It has blazed the trail in implementing an electronic case management system with e-payment in Nigeria.
The launch of the Judiciary Information System (JIS) took place in Lagos last week at a summit organised as part of the activities marking the state’s 2013/2014 legal year.
The epoch-making occasion, held at the Lagos City Hall, was attended by Justice George Oguntade (rtd); a former Chief Judge of the state, Justice Ade Alabi; the Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Phillips, the Head Judge, Justice Funmilayo Atilade and other judges and lawyers.
Since June 14, last year, when she took the oath of office as the 14th Chief judge, ,Justice Phillips has not hidden her desire to change the face of the judiciary through information technology (IT).
Upon assumption of office, she set up a committee headed by Justice Hakeem Olatunde Oshodi to work with the consultant, First High Tower Info Tech Limited.
The need to ease the strenuous case management workflow and ensure the transparency of the judiciary, leveraging on IT, gave rise to the system, she said.
With the launch of the JIS, the state has stepped into the 21st century and can rub shoulders with others.
The benefits of the JIS are enormous. It is expected to assist the personnel of the judiciary and counsels. Case management will be a lot easier for counsels as they can file cases and make payments via a secured web portal with a credit, debit card or direct bank payment from the comfort of their chambers.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of First High Tower Info Tech, Mr Sanni Eniola, a counsel who has registered on the portal can keep track of their cases from anywhere via the internet.
He said JIS will increase the revenue of the state judiciary, pointing out that since the system charges automatically, incoming revenue are better accounted for.
Aside that manpower is efficiently used, case management is streamlined, resulting in a higher number of cases being processed yearly.
He said the JIS also has the advantage of a standardised workflow that would be used in the state Judiciary divisions, adding that the system would ensure economy.
Besides, the JIS has the advantage of e-filing, online research and report.
Eniola said all a lawyer wanting to use the portal needs to do is to simply enter the website of the Judiciary and fill a user registration form, create and register a username and password and send an e-mail. Once registered, a counsel can file his case from anywhere, upload documents and make payments using his or her debit or credit card which must have also been registered on the system from the first time it was used. . .”
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Click the link to the lagos state judiciary site here.
Lagos State Judiciary