Lawpavilion creates judgment feedback for judges
Africa’s leading Legal Technologies Company, LawPavilion has made an innovation aimed at helping judges monitor appellate court decisions.
The Managing Director of LawPavilion, Mr Ope Olugasa, said the device known as Appellate Feedback System for Judges (AFSJ) was conceptualized and developed by the Company in response to the obvious need by Judges of Courts of First Instance to be promptly notified when matters they have pronounced upon, which went on appeal have been decided upon by appellate Courts.
He stated that this new innovation was unveiled at the Biennial Judges’ Conference organised by the National Judicial Institute (NJI), in Abuja.
“The AFSJ is an unprecedented innovative solution that proposes to celebrate the cerebral skill and sagacity of High Court Judges who adjudicate and pronounce upon millions of cases across the Federation, to have their decisions upheld all the way to the Supreme Court.
“The AFSJ is an ingenious attempt to give Judges an impartial feedback on their performance such that Judges are personally motivated to consider all facts and the Law before making pronouncements on the matter before them,” he declared, adding that it would greatly enhance the quality of judgments emanating from the Courts.
Olugasa stated that a solution like the AFSJ is the needed incentive to facilitate massive improvement and support for the judiciary, especially from the Executive as results from the AFSJ can serve as a testament to the quality of Judges on the Bench in a particular State.
The AFSJ, he stated, could ultimately be used in collating results across States and generate a series of indicators as to areas of improvement in the Judiciary.
“For example, at the end of a Legal Year and based on the number of Judgments that are upturned or upheld, the system can generate results, which indicate which State of the Federation has successfully secured the upholding of criminal matters or civil matters of a particular nature.
“Such results will in turn be very useful for commercial investors who can almost predict the outcomes of disputes that go to court in a particular State. Such data is independent and can subsequently be relied upon by State Governments and the Administrators of the Judiciary to come up with tailored training solutions to adequately equip Judges and Magistrates within their jurisdiction,” he said.
With the rich information that can be mined from the AFSJ, Olugasa said the rating of the Nigerian Judiciary in international circles would be greatly enhanced.
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