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New technology system will reduce delays – Lagos CJ

The Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, has said she is determined to ensure that the Lagos judiciary under her watch remained a model not only in Nigeria but on the African continent.

Atilade also expressed the optimism that the newly introduced  Bail Information Management System, capturing and documenting the biometrics of accused and their sureties would go a long way in fast-tracking justice dispensation in the state.

She assured citizens of the commitment and steadfastness of the judiciary under her watch to ensuring that justice is served to all, at all times.

The Chief Judge said this on Wednesday while welcoming judges, magistrates and lawyers to a Bar and Bench forum held on the premises of the Lagos Island division of the state high court, Igbosere, as part of activities to usher in the 2015/2016 legal year.

She said, “The Lagos State judiciary will continue to perform its responsibilities and also provide modern infrastructures that would also be held in the quick dispensation of justice.

“We must be steadfast and honest while discharging our duties as officers in the temple of justice. We will ensure justice in all cases and at all times.”

Atilade explained that the newly introduced BIMS was targeted at addressing abuse of court processes by some “unscrupulous lawyers and professional sureties.”

“The trials of suspects are usually delayed due to non-production in court by prison authorities who sometimes cannot even identify their specific places of remand.

“The BIMS will be deployed in the 22 magisterial districts and the Lagos and Ikeja divisions of the Lagos State High Court.

“The information will be linked to a centralised database accessible to everybody and give judges and magistrates confidence to grant bail to suspects.

“It will help to address the issue of awaiting trial inmates because suspects can easily be tracked from the system,” Atilade said.

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