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Reps Empower Judges To Begin Conduct Of Trials Online


National Assembly Resumes Plenary At New Improvised Chamber

The House of Representatives has empowered judges to begin the conduct of court proceedings over the internet.

Naija News reports that the development is coming as the constitution review process kicks off earlier today.

The lawmakers on Tuesday voted 276 to allow court or Tribunal proceedings to be conducted remotely, virtually, online or through any media platform.

Clause 23 is on a “Bill for an Act to Alter the Provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to allow Court or Tribunal Proceedings to be conducted remotely, virtually, online or through any media platform or technological innovation; and for related matters and approve the recommendations therein.”

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has rejected the proposal to grant constitutional life pension to the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and their deputies.

Naija News reports that 162 lawmakers voted to knock out the proposal, 28 members voted to grant them life pension while three lawmakers stayed away from the voting exercise.

After the voting exercise, a total of 193 votes by the members of the House of Representatives were recorded.

In a related development, the National Assembly has passed a bill for an Act mandating the President and Governors to submit nominees for Ministers and Commissioners within 30 days of swearing-in.

Ninety-two Senators voted in favour of the bill while one abstained.

In the Green chamber, twenty hundred and eighty-nine House of Representatives members voted in favour of the bill, which was passed.