By Oluwatope Lawanson
Processes, case files and other documents in Lagos Judiciary are stored electronically in the cloud.
The Chief Judge of the state, Justice Kazeem Alogba, gave the assurance during a special prayer session to begin the state’s 2022/2023 Legal Year, at the Lagos Central Mosque, on Monday.
The chief judge appealed to the state government to urgently reconstruct Igbosere High Court which was burnt during the violence that trailed the October 2020 EndSARS protest.
The protest, which started from social media campaigns and metamorphosed into street demonstrations, was against the excesses of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), now disbanded.
Alogba said that it was not all documents, archives and court processes that were burnt during the violence.
“Due to the use of ICT, we were able to revive so many case files because most processes and case files were stored in the cloud.
“This began in 2013 when we started the ICT Transformation Plan which is still ongoing,” he said.
Alogba said that the judiciary was still restoring processes and case files from the cloud.
He said: “Anything you file in Lagos State Judiciary now is electronically stored in cloud and not just in one domain so that if even any incident occurs, we can have a backup and our processes saved.”
He expressed sadness at the destruction of Igbosere High Court, saying that it was a monument that must be revived.
According to the chief judge, judiciary would effectively discharge its duties when there is no state and public interference in justice delivery.
In his response, the state Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, said that a trust fund had been set up to rebuild public structures destroyed during the EndSARS protest.
According to him, Igbosere High Court Complex will be the first to be rebuilt with the fund.