NJC signs MoU with Caribbean countries

The National Judicial Council (NJC), on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Judiciaries of the Bahamas, Barbados, Eastern Caribbean and Trinidad and Tobago for the modalities of extending assistance to their judiciaries to develop similar case management systems and licensing of the Nigerian Case Management Software.

While signing the MoU at the NJC, in Abuja, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, said that the MoU between the country's judiciary and the Chief Justices of the Caribbean Community Countries was a paradigm shift in the co-operation with brother jurisdictions for the growth of the judiciary.

The CJN said the idea for the project was conceived at the 24th World Jurist Association Congress held in Prague, Czech Republic in October 2011, where several countries discussed the strides made to introduce court technology.

"Following an outstanding study and a report by the chairman, the Judicial Information Technology Policy Committee (JITPO-CO) was inaugurated in January 2012. Indeed, it was in that same year that an MoU was signed with the National Centre for States Courts (NCSC) for the design and development of the NCMS," Justice Mohammed stated.

He said the software which was developed  in collaboration with the NCSC and Microsoft International was a thing of pride to the Nigerian judiciary.

According to him, the innovative software, which has become a functional reality, will certainly transform the judiciary for posterity, if fully integrated.

Justice Mohammed  said the synergy between Nigeria and the Caribbean countries would further " the ends of justice.

He said: "An effective justice system is one that upholds the four cardinal principles of Independence, Transparency, Accountability and Efficiency," and further added that the principles provide the framework for the design, development and organisations of all judicial institutions.

The CJN expressed the hope that collaboration between commonwealth nations would go along way in the efforts towards actualising the collective dream of a sound justice system.

The Chief Justices of the Caribbean countries extended invitation to Nigeria to reciprocate the gesture and "promise to keep Nigeria posted on progress made in the implementation of the software.

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