Former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) General Secretary, Mr. Jonathan Taidi has advised stakeholders in the justice sector to deploy technological tools to combat delay in the hearing of cases.

Speaking at the recent Law Week of NBA Ota Branch with the theme, “Technology & Administration of Justice: Present Day Realities,” Taidi noted that the coronavirus pandemic has wrought a new way of doing things especially in the administration of justice.

His words: “Sadly, the poor state of infrastructure, such as the deplorable state of our roads, epileptic electricity supply, and the inhuman sanitary condition across the country has imposed upon us the urgent need to embrace technology in order to enhance the administration of justice.

“Our political leaders use scarce resources as excuse to justify their inability to provide the much needed infrastructure. This is unacceptable in the face of the huge recurrent expenditure expended on the political class to the detriment of the vast population.

“Before the Covid-19 pandemic we were all witnesses to how long it took to conclude cases in our courts. Timeliness has been imposed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) as part of the culture of dispensation of justice. Let us fashion out a way to commence and conclude cases speedily not through constitutional amendments, but by deploying technology.

“While the pandemic has brought great challenges to our practice, the Ota Law Week is proof that as a body we are determined to rise to these challenges.”

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