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NJC recommends measure to ensure courts continue to function despite COVID-19 lockdown

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Urgent practical strategic measures to ensure courts continue to function despite the COVID-19 lockdown has been recommended by a 10-man committee set up by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Tanko Muhammad.

The committee in its report which was submitted in Abuja on Tuesday recommended essentially the adoption of remote hearing by courts in view of the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee also recommended that all heads of courts and judicial bodies across the country continue to include the use of appropriate technology on virtual or remote hearings.

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The report, which was submitted by the sub-committee led by the Acting President Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Mensem, also had other members who were present yesterday including Justice Ishaq Bello, Chief Judge of the FCT; and Justice John Tsoho, Chief Judge of the Federal High Court.

Also present were Justice Benedict Kanyip, President of the National Industrial Court and senior lawyer, Mr. D. D. Dodo (SAN).

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