Maduako Igbokwe l Saturday, December 10, 2022
ONITSHA, Anambra – Admin Judge of Onitsha Judicial Division Justice J.I Nweze has advised lawyers to embrace the use of technology in their practice of filling cases.
Justice J.I Nweze gave the advice on Saturday, during the 3rd Ozo Amanke Okafor memorial lecture and Launching of Ozo Amanke Okafor Bar Centre in Awka, Anambra State.
He said the world is changing fast and lawyers most not stay behind. Justice Nwanze urged lawyers to equip themselves for a better change, saying that state judiciary has long adopted the electronic filing of court processes, virtual hearing and electronic recording of proceedings.
“The lawyer who will excel must be ready to learn, un-learn and re-learn the law. He must be devoted to continuous legal education. The law report must be his regular companion.
“The world is going digital, the resource materials are all online, those who refuse to upgrade will be left behind. Some state judiciaries have already adopted the electronic filing processes, virtual hearing and electronic recording of proceedings.
“We must therefore ensure that not only do we acquire the necessary skills, we must also acquire the necessary tools. The lawyer of the future is one who must be committed to continuous personal development. He must understand that he is a student of life, because law keeps changing”, he said.
speaking on the life and time of Ozo Amanke Okafor, a foremost and celebrated Anambra indigenous lawyer, Nwanze also advised young lawyers to be focused on their practice.
According to him, the use of improper words in court are product of lack of self discipline.
“We have heard of several allegations of use of improper words in courtrooms. Often times it is a product of lack of self discipline. Both the bar and the bench are enjoined by the respective codes and rules to be courteous.
“Amanke Okafor was known for treating both the bench and his colleagues with courtesy. He avoided unnecessary distractions and battles.
“If you are to excel the way he did, you need to be meek and humble. You need to be dedicated to the practice. If financial considerations are your motivation for studying law, you may be heading for a frustrated career.” he added.
The event which attracted several eminent lawyers and jurists from Anambra State was chaired by foremost election petition lawyer, Chief Onyechi Ikpeazu (SAN). Chairman of NBA in Anambra State, Barr Ken Nwanna, also extolled the virtues of Ozo Amanke Okafor, describing him as a shinning light in the law profession.