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CJN partners LawPavilion for digitalisation of SAN application process

By Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
14 December 2021   |   2:47 am
As part of efforts to reduce the cumbersome application process for conferment of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on deserving lawyers, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN)

Tanko Muhammad

As part of efforts to reduce the cumbersome application process for conferment of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) on deserving lawyers, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Muhammad Tanko is partnering with Nigeria’s foremost Legal-Tech Company, LawPavilion to automate the application process. 
   
The CJN dropped this hint at the recent conferment of 72 SANs in Abuja.

   
CJN said: “Most of us here are aware of how tedious the process of conferring the coveted rank of SAN on aspiring applicants has been for the applicants, the LPPC and the Secretariat.
   
“Thankfully, a new era has come now, as the LPPC has taken a giant step in pioneering the digital transformation of the legal industry, starting with the SANship conferment process, by partnering with the foremost LegalTech Solution Company – LawPavilion to automate the application process, end-to-end.
   
“From next year, application for the conferment of the rank of SAN will no longer be done manually but digitally,” said the CJN.”
   
Mohammed added that the automation of the application process would ensure that the application and conferment process is seamless, faster – as it requires lesser paperwork, and is easier for the Secretariat and the LPPC.
   
“I am confident that this move will put the Nigerian legal industry on the same pedestal as the legal industries of other climes where technology has been embraced to make processes faster and more efficient, “ he said.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LawPavilion, Ope Olugasa, said the digitalisation process will ensure efficiency and eliminate human error.

   
Mr Olugasa explained that with the digitalisation and automation of the application process, applicants will have access to the portal any time of the day throughout the application window- whether during the day or at night.
   
He explained that it is an end-to-end digitalisation, whereby applicants can obtain their forms, fill the forms and upload the usually humongous relevant supporting documents online without having to print tons of documents, thereby saving cost and time.
   
According to the CEO, with the automation, returning applicants will not have to re-submit documents that they may have submitted in their earlier application as they will have their own account where their documents will be archived.