Bayelsa State launches Nigeria’s first Electronic Filing Court

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The Governor of Bayelsa State, Douye Diri, on Wednesday, launched the state’s electronic court filing system, established to speed up litigation and administration of justice in the state.

He launched the new filing system while inaugurating the remodelled State High Court complex at Onopa, Yenagoa, which was reconstructed and named after the pioneer Chief Judge of the state, late Justice Koripamo David Ungbuku.

Diri congratulated the state’s retiring Chief Judge, Justice Kate Abiri, for the construction and completion of the project in record time.

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He said that the electronic filing of documents and work-based access to court materials had become commonplace in many developed jurisdictions around the world.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, lauded Justice Abiri for outstanding 13 years of service as head of the state’s judiciary.

He said the impressive new structure with its modern design was a mark of how much the state judiciary has progressed under her watch.

He also commended the Chief Judge of Borno State, Justice Kashim Zana, for assisting the Bayelsa judiciary achieve the feat towards enhancing the speedy administration of justice.

Diri said it was fitting that the remodelled court complex was named after Justice Ungbuku, describing the gesture as a mark of honour to the late jurist who served the state meritoriously.

“This edifice is named after late Justice Ungbuku. I see this as an act of remembrance and honour to those who have served our state. Justice Ungbuku is actually one of our heroes past in the judiciary of Bayelsa State,” he stated.

He also commended the local contractor, Engr. Iniebi Warikoru, for delivering an impressive job and recommended him to the state Ministries of Works and Housing and Urban Development.