The Chief Justice of
Speaking at the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the
The CJN, who spoke through the Executive Secretary of the NJC, Malam Danladi Haliru, said the consultant handling the computerisation had given assurance that at least the new system would take off in 2014.
Danladi, who signed the MoU on behalf of the NJC, said the signing ceremony marked the actualisation of the dreams of the CJN to leave behind a functional case management system at the end of her tenure next year.
According to him, the project is very dear to the heart of the CJN.
The Vice-President of the
He noted that adapting to change was always a problem, expressing confidence in the ability of Nigerian judges to adapt to the new system.
Apperlson said: "We are dedicated to transferring the knowledge of the
"Our goal is not only to bring the best components and technology that exist in the world but also to assist the judiciary in
He commended the CJN for her visionary leadership and also thanked the Chief Judge of Borno State, Justice
The Vice President said: "I want to thank Justice Zannah and I think he is a man of vision. And the members of staff of the NJC. I am very proud to work in partnership to establish a case management system for
He promised to bring his experience and expertise to bear on the project. "I look forward to bringing all the resources of the organisation and working with the judges and the staff of the court," he added.
Apperlson also noted that there was a lot of work to be done in infrastructure, purchases and designs which had to be completed first.
"But the most important thing regarding the timeline is that we have the best system needed for this programme because there is always the fear of change and implementing technology and ultimately, the transition will prove that we can re-engineer the courts and make them more effective.
"It takes a long time in the
In his opening remarks, Justice Zannah, stated that even though computerisation had been embraced in virtually all sectors, the judiciary, he said Nigerian had been left behind.
He, however, expressed confidence on the ability of the judiciary to catch up given the commitment and support from the CJN.
He noted that getting an expert in computerisation of courts was not an easy task.
He said: "We have gone for the best and we are grateful that they have been very considerate, very helpful and patient to our methods and ways. And today we are here to do the formal signing of the agreement to implement this court automation effort. This agreement is to do with the Case Management System (CMS) and the system will be designed by the centre and particularly suited for our own courts.
"We will beworking jointly so that this system comes up as a custromised system for the Nigerian judiciary based on our rules and our laws. Everything revolves around the CMS," he added.
According to him, a state of the art computerisation system would be put in place in
He said: "This project is very big, but it has to start somewhere. We started by conceiving the idea and now we are signing an agreement with the
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