President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, has said the court disposed of 5, 669 cases and 10, 798 motions in the out-going legal year.
She said despite a 51 percent increase in the number of motions filed during the period under review, the court witnessed a 48 percent increase in the number of motions disposed of by the panels as at November ending this year.
Justice Dongban-Mensen, who spoke in Abuja, at the 2nd Working Retreat, annual conference of the court and launch of its Rules 2021, said administration of justice remains the court’s primary focus.
At the conference attended by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad, Justice Dongban-Mensem revealed that a total of 528 judgments were delivered via the Zoom Online platform as a result of Covid-19.
She further explained that 10 hearings were held using Zoom while, In the last two months, 40 judgments were delivered via the online platform.
“As I stated during the Legal Year, the Learned Justices of the Court, without exception, have worked incredibly to improve justice delivery this year.
“As a result, we have had a 26.47% reduction in the total volume of cases pending in our divisions, as compared with last year.
“Similarly, despite a 51% increase in the number of motions filed, we witnessed a 48% increase in the number of motions disposed of by the panels over the course of this Legal Year.”
“In the face of incredible uncertainty such as the world has and is still experiencing, I am assured that the Court will rise to each and every challenge that will face us whether jurisprudentially or otherwise.
“We are committed to deepening the expeditious dispensation of justice and are not afraid to think out of the box in order to achieve it.
“This informs our pivot towards a technology driven system of justice, following the precedent set by the Hon., the Chief Justice of Nigeria in the technological innovations introduced to the Supreme Court.
“That of course requires that we amend our Rules of Practice in order to properly cater for this digital revolution,” she said.