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For the 15-member Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee inaugurated by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and the nation’s judges, it was a cheery news at the weekend.

Reason: An innovation that would adequately speed up monitoring of cases and judgements from the court of first instance to the Supreme Court has been launched into legal practice by African leading Legal Technologies Company, LawPavilion.

The technology, Appellate Feedback System for Judges (AFSJ) would not only help members of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee in their assignment but adequately help the judiciary to monitor judgments from the High Court to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

In a chat with New Telegraph, Legal Technologies Company, LawPavilion’s Managing Director, Mr. Ope Olugasa, said the technology which was developed while working closely with the Court of Appeal, the Appellate Feedback System for Judges (AFSJ), was conceptualized by the company in response to obvious need by High Court Judges to be promptly notified when matters ruled upon went on appeal had been decided upon by appellate Courts.

He told judges at the weekend in Abuja at the Biennial Judges’ Conference organised by the National JudicialInstitute (NJI), where AFSJ was unveiled that the technology was an unprecedented innovative solution which had proposed to celebrate the cerebral skill and sagacity of High Court Judges who adjudicated and pronounced upon millions of cases across the federation.

This, Olugasa said the innovation would ensure judges were aware of what happened to their decisions up to the Supreme Court as AFSJ, an ingenious attempt would give Judges an impartial feedback on their performance such that Judges would be personally motivated to consider all facts and the law before making pronouncements on cases before them.

Besides, AFSJ would enhance quality of judgments emanating from the courts, even at appellate levels as the pronouncements of the Court of Appeal that had been appealed would also be captured in the system.

Speaking further, Olugasa said that a solution like the AFSJ was the needed incentive to facilitate massive improvement and support for the judiciary, especially from the executive as AFSJ would serve as a testament to the quality of Judges on the Bench in a particular State. Also, he said AFSJ would ultimately be used in collating results across States and generate a series of indicators as to areas of improvement in the Judiciary.

He said: “For example, at the end of a Legal Year and based on the number of Judgments that are upturned or upheld, the system can generate results which indicate which State of the federation has successfully secured the upholding of criminal matters or civil matters of a particular nature. Such results will in turn be very useful for commercial investors who can almost predict the outcome of disputes that go to court in a particular State.

“Such data is independent and can subsequently be relied upon by state governments and the administrators of the Judiciary to come up with tailored training solutions to adequately equip Judges and Magistrates within their jurisdiction.

With the rich information that can be mined from the AFSJ, it is believed that the rating of the Nigerian Judiciary in international circles will be greatly enhanced as there will be cold data to indicate how often matters of a certain nature are upheld and this gives a measure of comfort to foreign investors to invest in Nigeria and all sectors that have been significantly developed through the pronouncements of the courts.

Olugasa was, however, optimistic that having demonstrated AFSJ’s rich possibilities, the administrators of the Judiciary at both the States and the Federal levels would be at the forefront of procuring this new innovation for the State and the Federal High Courts including Magistrate’s Court as this would be an excellent way to assist the National JudicialCouncil (NJC) in its evaluation of the performance of Judges.

“Moreover, the data gleaned from the AFSJ would be instrumental for the administrators of the Judiciary in profiling suitable candidates for appointment into various levels within the Judiciary. Such information would guide the JudicialCommissions to source for and equip prospective Judges/Magistrates with skills either in the areas where the State appears to be very strong and exceptional or in areas where the judgments from that State has consistently been upturned and thus in need of some improvement, he said.

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