Chief Judge of Enugu State, Ngozi Emehelu says, henceforth, hard copies of all court processes to be filed in the courts must be quarantined for a period not less than 96 hours before processing.
Emehelu said this in a circular entitled ‘Practice Direction for Gradual Resumption of Sittings of Courts in Enugu State Judiciary’.
The chief judge said that the directives in the document dated May 15, would take effect from May 25 and would apply to all levels of courts including the Enugu State Multi Door Court House (ESMDC).
She said that the National Judicial Council (NJC) had in a correspondence, Ref. No. NJC/CIR/HOC/11/660 of May 2020 issued guidelines for court sittings and related matters in the Coronavirus (COVID-19) period.
According to her, the Chief Registrar shall ensure the hard copy of the processes to be filed are sanitised by dedicated court officials as soon as they are brought to the registry.
Emehelu explained that such processes would be left in secure facilities immediately, thereafter, for a minimum period of 96 hours without processing.
She said that if there was any COVID-19 still attached to the processes, it would have expired before the expiration of the period.