By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Determined to accelerate administration and dispensation of justice by deploying Information Communication Technology (ICT), the Ogun State government has launched Case Management and Scheduling System.
Launching the system on Tuesday inside the Ceremonial Court, Judiciary Complex, Abeokuta, the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, said the system would enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the justice administration system with data-driven technology-based initiatives.
Speaking further at the event attended by the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard, Abiodun who described the digital platform as “a legal innovation in our clime”, said Ogun is the first state to introduce such innovation in the country.
While commending the United States government through its Embassy in Nigeria and Olaniwun Ajayi LP for the partnership with Ogun, the governor noted that partnership and ICT are two key enablers of his administration.
The governor, who said that Ogun State judiciary was the first in the country to issue Practice Directions that allowed virtual hearings to take place during the COVID 19 pandemic lockdown of 2020, added that the Justice sector under the leadership of the Chief Judge.and the Office of Attorney-General, has been moving towards the development of data-driven, technology-based reforms to improve the administration of justice.
He listed various reforms in the judiciary sector in the to include, Justice Clock; Custody Monitoring Dashboard; Corrections Information Management System; Human Rights Complaints Portal; Ogun Public Interest Law Partnership Portal; among others.
In her remarks, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, said the case management and scheduling system would enable judges have access to the details of cases assigned to them at touch of a button from either their laptops or mobile phones.
She disclosed that the state judiciary had established and equipped a staff development centre for training of judges and other judicial staff in preparation of the digitisation of the judicial system.
Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Mr. Akingbolahan Adeniran in his address, disclosed that the state is currently developing forensic laboratories at the State Police Command Headquarters, in Eleweran and the Tech hub both in Abeokuta, the state capital.
According to him, the laboratories when completed would carry out fingerprint analyses, ballistic tests, digital evidence extraction and document examination, among others.