Supreme Court throws out case challenging virtual court proceedings

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Nigeria’s apex court has struck out two different suits challenging the conduct of virtual court proceedings in the country.

The suits were filed separately the respective Attorney General of Lagos and Ekiti states.

Both applications asked the Supreme court to determine if the conduct of virtual court proceedings was not a violation of the federalism provisions of the 1999 Constitution and a violation of the provisions on fair hearing as it relates to the conduct of criminal trials in public.

In a unanimous judgment on Tuesday, a seven-man panel led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour struck out the suit l saying virtual court sittings are not unconstitutional.

The National Judicial Council, NJC had earlier approved virtual cour proceedings in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic that brought most court activities to a halt.

Lawmakers at the National Assembly are currently working to give legal backing to the directive.




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