#EndSARS: Lagos Panel Limits Oral Testimony To Hasten Petition Hearings

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  • The front-loading process means that the petitioners will state their petitions in writing and the panel will adopt it and begin cross-examination

The Lagos Judicial Panel set up to ensure restitution for victims of SARS and other related abuses has said it will begin the process of front-loading as a means of hastening hearings of pending petitions before it.

The front-loading measure is expected to take effect from Monday August 2.

Chairperson of the panel, Justice Doris Okuwobi made this known on Saturday during proceedings.

The front-loading process means that the petitioners will state their petitions in writing and the panel will adopt it and begin cross-examination.

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Front-loading is a deviation from the usual panel session where petitioners orally recount their ordeals in the hands of security operatives before cross-examination from the lawyers to the police, state lawyers, and sometimes lawyers representing the panel and even the Nigerian Bar Association.

The latest development, according to Justice Okuwobi, will help save some of the time spent on petitions while also ensuring speedy dispensation of justice.

“It is important that every petition or petitioner be given an equal duty of being heard and to achieve that task we have put in place amendment of front loading of the processes which will be more time-saving in terms of sitting and in terms of working outside the panel,” she said.

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