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Supreme Court abolishes manual filing of court papers

Supreme Court abolishes manual filing of court papers

- The Supreme Court said it will stop the filing of court papers manually by July

- Justice Onnoghen said a legal e-mail platform has been put in place

- Lawyers arguing cases at the apex court must have the legal e-mail

The Supreme Court has announced that from July, the manual means of filing and serving court papers would be discontinued.

He said it would only be through electronic means.

The Punch reports that Justice Walter Onnoghen who is the chief justice of the federation made this announcement on Friday, February 2.

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He said a legal e-mail platform had been put in place to replace the manual system.

Onnoghen said lawyers must acquire legal e-mail before they will be able to argue cases at the apex court.

“I would like to implore al judges and lawyers to join us on this quest for excellence by subscribing to, and acquiring the legal e-mail, as manual forms of communication with the Nigerian courts will soon be phased out.

“Henceforth, lawyers who have acquired the legal e-mail can now communicate electronically with courts and with each other.

“However, by July 16, 2018, it becomes mandatory.

“The Supreme Court will only serve processes by electronic means (legal mail) on all matters.

“Hence, all new filings as from July 16, 2018 must bear counsel’s legal e-mail address.”

He said legal e-mail would ensure “seamless exchange of information electronically within the judicial ecosystem” and would be replicated in all Nigerian courts”

“We intend to replicate this success in all other courts in the near future as the Nigerian judiciary is committed to employing cutting-edge technology to enhance justice administration and providing citizens with the justice system they deserve; one that is transparent, fast and accessible.

“A major component of the policy being implemented is the unique Legal E-mail System, which will serve as a means of communication between judges, court staff and lawyers, as well as between lawyers."

In an earlier report by, Dahiru Musdapher, former chief Justice of Nigeria, was reported dead. Musdapher died in the early hours of Tuesday, January 23, at 75 years of age.

The cause of his death was not immediately clear but his family members took to social media to break the news.

Muneer Musdapher, a young brother of the Dahiru, wrote on Facebook: “My elder brother Justice Dahiru Musdapher former CJN passed on tonight.” The jurist retired from bench five years ago on attaining the mandatory retirement age of 75, Premium Times reports.

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