THE Federal High Court (FHC) of Nigeria has authorised judges to adopt virtual proceedings for court cases in all its judicial divisions.
Chief Judge (CJ) Justice John Tsoho gave the direction in the new 2020 Practice Directions for the COVID-19 Period.
But proceedings can only be held virtually with the consent of the parties and their counsels.
Also, under the new rules, FHC judges cannot hear more than nine cases in a day.
There were 36 Divisions of the court as at last July with 82 judges to hear over 200,000 pending cases.
“Virtual proceeding is hereby adopted for adjudication in the Federal High Court.
“Virtual proceedings can be either by Zoom, Skype or any other audio-visual platform approved by the Court,” the CJ said.
– May 18, 2020 @ 17:50 GMT /