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Enugu CJ to decongest prisons in June

Enugu—Enugu State Chief Judge, Mr Justice Innocent Umezurike, yesterday, said the judiciary  would decongest prisons in June.

Umezurike told newsmen  that he would ensure that prisoners who deserved to be released were offered bail or outright freedom.

On the speedy dispensation of justice, he said the state had introduced a new High Court rule to assist in the acceleration process.

He said:  “Our approach is to make regular visits to the prisons to make sure that those who ought not to be there are given relief by way of bail or outright release.

“I intend to visit in the next two months to see how much we can decongest the prisons.”

Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state, Mr Anthony Ani, attributed part of the delay in the administration of justice to inability of lawyers to be computer-literate.

He said the state had embarked on a mandatory computer training programme for lawyers to equip them to use of Information and Communication Technology, ICT.

“The aim is if you have anything to type, you do not need to go through any typist to type.  If you have a legal opinion or you have processes you wish to file in court, you type it yourself

“This idea of writing in your long hand, looking for a typist to type, proof reading the thing and making corrections, it is part of the delay in the administration of justice,” he said.

Ani, however, gave the assurance that the judiciary in the state was working hard to eliminate all forms of delay in the dispensation of justice.


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