The First Virtual Court hearing of the Imo State Judiciary Flagged off by the Honorable Chief judge, Hon. Justice T.E. Chikeka.
While arbitration and arbitrators have been enjoying remote hearings in Nigeria, the courts seem to battling to join the new normal. Arbitrators and counsel in Nigeria, have been handling arbitral references (including very contentious matters) via satellite technologies ahead of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) era, with parties tendering documents and examining witnesses.
These was flagged off in Imo State Judiciary on the 25th of July 2022 at the justice Oputa High Court Complex and the Correctional Center Owerri. These aimed at eliminating the presence of litigant or lawyer in the court and for adjudication of cases on a virtual platform. The concept has been evolved in order to efficiently utilize court resources and to provide litigants with an effective avenue to settle petty disputes.