Nigeria vice-president, Yemi Osinbajo, on Thursday noted that Zoom is not the best for holding virtual court proceedings.
Osinbajo stated that even though the teleconferencing application has its own advantages, it is not suitable for court proceedings as a lot of documents and evidence would need to be examined during hearings.
Osinbajo, who delivered a keynote address via Zoom during the Law Students Association of Nigeria’s national virtual town hall meeting 2020, advised lawyers in the country to be technology-friendly.
The Vice President further stated that a 21st-century lawyer must be interdisciplinary, multi-tasking and digitally strong.
According to him, the outbreak of Coronavirus has necessitated the reduction of human contact.
The Supreme Court had mid-July, ruled that virtual court sitting was not unconstitutional.
A seven-man panel of the apex court, led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, said although the court had not declared it constitutional, the various practice directions issued by the heads of courts permitting their judges to adopt remote hearing in deserving situations “enjoyed the presumption of regularity.”