The Chief Judge of Lagos state Justice Oluwafunmilayo Atilade, has said that the Bail Information Management System, BIMS, which was newly-introduced into the state’s judicial system would capture full documentation of the defendants and their sureties including their biometrics.
She said this yesterday in her welcome address at the ‘Bar and Bench Forum’ which took place at the High Court of Lagos State Foyer, Igbosere.
According to her, BIMS is designed to address some of the unique challenges bedevilling the criminal justice system and to also see to the reduction of abuses by those she referred to as unscrupulous lawyers and professional sureties.
According to her, “The trials of suspects are usually delayed due to non-production in court by prison authorities who sometimes cannot even identify their specific places of remand.
“The BIMS will be deployed in the 22 magisterial districts and the Lagos and Ikeja Divisions of the Lagos State High Court.
“The information will be linked to a centralised data base accessible to everybody and give judges and magistrates confidence to grant bail to suspects.
“It will help to address the issue of awaiting trial inmates because suspects can easily be tracked from the system.”
Justice Atilade, however urged the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to support the state judiciary in its bid to attaining it’s set objective of ensuring that justice is served on all.
Delivering a lecture on the topic, “The role of the Bar in attaining effective and efficient justice delivery,” Funke Adekoya, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), expressed sadness over a situation where judges unnecessarily indulge lawyers in their various courts. This she said would hamper effective and efficient justice delivery.