As from July 16, it will become mandatory for judges and staff of Nigerian courts to communicate court documents with lawyers by electronic mail, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, has said.
The CJN made this known on Friday, February 2, at the launch of the newly retrofitted court and legal email system at the Supreme Court, Abuja.
Onnoghen said this would basically be between judges, lawyers and court staff.
He said the email system, which is a unique feature of the day’s event, will replace manual forms of communication between judges, court staff and lawyers.
His words: “I will like to implore all judges and lawyers to join us on this quest for excellence by subscribing to, and acquiring the legal email, as manual forms of communication within the Nigerian Courts will soon be phased out.
“Henceforth lawyers who have acquired the Legal Email can now communicate electronically with the courts and with each other. However, by July 16, it becomes mandatory.
“The Supreme Court will only serve processes by electronic means. (Legal mail). Hence all new filings as from July 16 must bear counsel’s legal email address.
“To ensure compliance, it is also imperative that all other heads of Courts aquire the Legal email addresses for their Courts from the JITPO Committee, especially for the Litigation Department staff.
“All courts are also encouraged to start using the email for serving lawyers. In addition, communication between the various Judicial bodies will soon be through the official email system only, thereby harnessing the benefits of the system in terms of confidentiality, integrity and availability.”