COVID-19 Takes Nigerian Judiciary Online, Improves Speed Of Judgement Delivery

In Breaking News, Health, National News

By Archibong Jeremiah

The coronavirus pandemic has kept on engineering changes in various sectors of the society, one of which is the Nigerian legal system.

Prior to this moment the Nigerian judiciary partially embraced technological innovations. No Court until the coming of COVID-19 in Nigeria had held sessions online.

Also, quick dispensation of judgement was another area of worry in the Nigerian judiciary system that COVID-19 has given a blow to.

Recently, among the reforms engineered by coronavirus pandemic in the Nigerian judiciary is the online Court session of Honourable Justice O. O. Goodluck (FCT High Court 4) which apart from siting delivered judgement in a case by Abuja base Ogoja born lawyer, First Baba Isa.

The lawyer took to social media to celebrate his victory.

See his post below.


Today, I made history as one of the first crop of lawyers to participate in an online court session in Nigeria.

Judgement in a divorcé case I am handling was delivered today via zoom… I sat at home, fully dressed as a lawyer and connected to the courtroom of Honourable Justice O. O. Goodluck of the FCT High Court 4. (ok, let me not lie o, I didn’t wear shoes and belt… But I wear everything o, only shoes and belt🙈).

And we won. Judgement was delivered in our favour.

We commend the judiciary for rising up to the challenge this pandemic has thrown upon all of us. Today’s session was good, there is still room for improvement, but it was generally great.

We know life will never be same again, Covid-19 is making sure of that. However, it is not all gloomy; some of the changes we are being forced to make are indeed good.

In spite of all the damage this pandemic is wrecking on the world, Coronavirus will also deliver the future. Get ready for the future; don’t be distracted by the present by wishing for the past.

But how am I supposed to celebrate this victory when I can’t go out na? 😀

Congratulations to my client, congratulations to my junior associate, Opatola Victor, Esq., who also joined the online court session, congratulations to all of us at FBI LEGAL.

First Baba Isa (FBI) is a Legal Practitioner and writes from Abuja.

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