Two years ago, when we started JUDY, users loved the interface and user experience of our research software.
The one hangup from lawyers and legal researchers alike, has always been: “can I cite JUDY in court?”
They were uncertain that JUDY would be accepted in the courtroom as the presiding judge might be unfamiliar with JUDY. This led to many sleepless nights for the JUDY cofounders and we vowed to make this concern irrelevant. To address the aforementioned issue, the JUDY team exhibited at the ‘2019 All Nigerian Judges Conference of the Superior Courts’ held at the National Judicial Institute in November 2019.
We succeeded in our goal of getting the judges familiarised with JUDY and assisted many of them in downloading the JUDY app free of charge to their phones, tablets and laptops. (JUDY is forever free for judges, so if you are a judge or know a judge, have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help get them setup and using JUDY in minutes)
We were delighted to sit down with judges from all parts of the country and to better understand the daily challenges they face. We even discussed how JUDY addresses many of those challenges.
Amongst the notable individuals attending the conference was the Chief justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Mohammad, The Administrator of the Nigerian Judicial Institute, Justice Rosaline Bozimo (Rtd) and Justice Eberechi Suzzette Wike, the First Lady of Rivers State.
We’re glad to report that by the end of the conference, judges who visited our exhibition booth had an overwhelmingly positive experience with JUDY and that’s been reflected in the number of judge referrals we’ve seen since then.
JUDY has since gone on to obtain the ISSN number 2714-3082(Online) for the JUDY Electronic Law Report (JELR) citation.
We can now confidently say: SKIP THE LAW LIBRARY, ASK JUDY!