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Katsina State on Monday commenced virtual court proceedings.

The state Chief Judge, Musa Abubakar who did a symbolic commencement of the new procedure, said virtual court proceedings would quicken the dispensation of justice in the state.

Abubakar said the state judiciary had put in place the platforms required to ensure hitch-free virtual court proceedings.

He said necessary security and other measures to curb hacking of the system or forgery of documents and data in the new court procedure had been put in place.

The Chief Judge said the virtual court proceedings were starting with the high courts and would later be adopted by magistrates and other lower courts in the state.

He said the virtual court proceedings were being done in phases because of financial implications.

The Chief Judge said all the state nine high courts and twenty-five magistrates’ courts would soon adopt the virtual court proceedings.

The Chief Judge accepted that the new procedure had its own challenges, insisting, however, that virtual court proceedings were a procedure that the state judiciary could not run away from.

He said, “We are commencing the virtual court proceedings today(Monday) and we hope all stakeholders would support the project. We have demonstrated the system once, twice, thrice and the system is working.

“We have adopted some platforms that allow lawyers to sit in the comfort of their chambers and take part in the court proceedings while the judge sits in his court and directs proceedings. Although there are some challenges including the constitutional provision for handling criminal cases, etc, but I know we shall get over all these.

“Virtual court proceedings is a reality we cannot run away from. The process of technology in court proceedings could be difficult but we shall overcome it.

“The world is now a global village. We are already used to online banking; digital newspapers, etc. So, we shall soon be used to virtual court proceedings.

The Chief Judge lauded Governor Aminu Masari for his support for the state judiciary. The virtual court proceedings were being done with his( Governor Masari) full support.

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