Judiciary digitisation progressing gradually – Kogi CJ

The Chief Judge of Kogi State, Hon. Justice Josiah Majebi has said that digitalization of all processes of administration of justice in the State will be eventually achieved through the adopted approach and concerted efforts of the Council of Judges of the state’s Judiciary.

Kogi judiciary is evolving on an elaborate concept of processing documents and other procedures intended to ease and hasten court procedures in all grades of its courts in the long run.

Justice Majebi stated this on Friday at the judiciary headquarters in Lokoja during the unveiling of computer and photocopying machines meant to improve processing and reproduction of documents at the Directorates of Litigation and that of Finance and Supplies.

The chief judge said changing the narrative at the Litigation Directorate was expedient in order to correct the situation he inherited.

He said, “On assumption of office, we discovered that in our Directorate of Litigation, vital documents are usually taken to town for reproduction which we’re not comfortable with. We concluded that that process is not safe for the integrity of our documents, especially in respect of cases going on appeal.

“In addition to this, upping the game in data processing and reproduction of documents is also an avenue to generate revenue which the court is ready to explore with the deployment of the facilities.

“Secondly, since much is usually paid by litigants to reproduce documents, we said apart from safety, taking such to outsiders is a disservice to us on the little revenue we should have been generating from the process. In that case, we are looking at the small revenue we can generate here to augment the little we are having.

“The process will, therefore, be self-sponsoring and accounting. We are saying that all documents generated by the Litigation Department will henceforth be fully processed by the department and paid for by litigants as they usually do out there. Part of the proceeds generated will be used for procuring the required stationeries while the balance will be saved to take care of other demands of the court.”

Justice Majebi, however, cautioned the head of the Directorate on careful handling and diligent utilisation of the facilities.