Some lawyers in Lagos on Wednesday urged the judiciary to fully implement virtual court sitting as a strategy to control the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.
In interviews with newsmen in Lagos, the lawyers regretted that the judiciary abandoned virtual court proceedings when COVID-19-induced restrictions were eased.
A former Chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association, Ikorodu Branch, Bayo Akinlade, said that virtual court proceedings had not impacted justice delivery as it should.
According to Akinlade, virtual or remote court sitting is still a concept that is `hanging out’ there.
He said that the concept had yet to be fully adopted in Nigeria.
Akinlade said that remote hearing would enable the judiciary to navigate through COVID-19 without paralyzing access to justice.
He advised the judiciary to fully embrace the innovation and provide the relevant technology for its effective implementation.