Advanced Certificate on eDiscovery Law
Course tilte: Advanced Certificate on eDiscovery Law
Registrations close: December 2014
Course begins: December 2014 to March 2015
Course fee:
Category A (Law Students) - N85,000
Category B (Non Law Students) - N115,000

7 hours per week
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Course overview:
  • 13-week part-time course presented online throughout Nigeria, dedicated to the continuing legal education of the Nigerian Judges, legal practitioners (both in private & public service)
  • This course will prepare you to take a lead role in eDiscovery –related litigation, understand EDRM best practices in preserving, collecting and producing electronic document in court, Sedona Conference principles on electronic discovery processes, developing defensible approaches to eDiscovery issues and litigation readiness strategy.
  • The training will prepare you to formulate your electronic evidence case profile & determine the tangent of digital evidence to your case strategy.
  • It will prepare you to conduct an examination in chief, cross examine a witness or re-examine a document custodian or computer forensic expert more particularly on eDiscovery processes.
  • Furthermore, you will achieve a sound technical understanding of the admissibility of statements contained in a document and produced by computer as provided in Section 84 of the Evidence Act, 2011
  • Upon successful completion of the course, students will be awarded an Advanced Certificate in eDiscovery Law approved by DE-CFI

Course modules:
PART A Theoretical Work
Module 1 The fundamentals of Digital Evidence & the legal framework governing eDiscovery
The course opens with a broad view of digital evidence, the concept of discovery generally and the legal framework governing eDiscovery
Module 2 The nature, existence & management of eDocument
Electronic stored information like any other form of data is recoverable. However organizations must properly preserve electronically stored information that can be reasonably be anticipated to be relevant to the litigation. This module examines the Sedona Conference and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model Project and other related issues on electronic document.
Module 3 Preliminary Case Assessment: Getting You and Your Client Ready
Subject to the Legal Practitioners Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers shall provide competent representation to their clients. This requires the legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation reasonably necessary for the representation. Taking this engagement, it beholds the producing party of the electronic document to determine the best and most reasonable way to locate and produce relevant information in discovery.
Module 4 The Case Commences: The duty to Identify and Preserve
The obligation to preserve ESI requires reasonable and good faith efforts to retain information that may be relevant to pending or threatened litigation. However, it is unreasonable to expect parties to take every conceivable step to preserve all potential relevant electronically stored information.
Module 5 Preserving and Collecting Potentially Relevant Information
The burden and costs of preservation of potentially relevant information should be weighed against the potential value and uniqueness of the information when determining the appropriate scope of preservation.
Module 6 Document Discovery
Discovery request for electronically stored information should be as clear as possible while response and objections to discovery should disclose the scope and limits of the production.
Module 7 Pre-trial meeting, negotiation and deposition
Parties shall confer early in the discovery regarding the preservation and production of electronically stored information when these matters are in issue in the litigation and seek to agree on the scope of each party’s rights and responsibilities.
Module 8 Compelling the Production of ESI/Proportionality/Reasonably Accessible
The requesting party has the burden on a motion to compel to show that the responding party’s to preserve and produce relevant ESI were in adequate. the primary source of ESI for production should be the active data and information. Resort to disaster recovery backup tapes and other sources of ESI that are not reasonably accessible requires the requesting party to store information that are not reasonably to demonstrate need and relevance that outweigh the cost and burdens of retrieving and processing ESIfrom such sources, including the disruption of business and information management activities.
Module 9 Spoliation and sanctions
Sanctions including spoliation findings should be considered by the court only if it finds that there was a clear duty to preserve, a culpable failure to preserve and produce relevant electronically stored information, and a reasonable probability that the loss of evidence has materially prejudiced the adverse party.
PART B Practical Exercise
Module 1 Conducting interviewing with IT departments of corporations with a view to learning data mapping, how information is stored and retrieved using eDiscovery tools. The corporation will be as specified by the Institute.
Module 2 Drafting document requests, motions and argue motions directed to specific disputes
Module 3 Meet and Confer
Module 4 Mock Conference/trial session

Course modules are based on the textbook: Digital Evidence & eDiscovery Law by the Convener of the course Emeka Arinze Esq.,LL.B (Hons), B.L, LL.M, M.I.T (Info-Tech), CBP (Certified Biometric & Surveillance Professional) DEA (Certified Digital Evidence Analyst) CCI (Certified Cyber Crime Investigator) CFP (Certified Cyber Forensic Professional). His detailed CV is available at click here

Who should attend this course?
Lawyers in private practice, Law Officers in Legal Department of Corporations, Law Firms, Government Establishments, Law Enforcement & Prosecuting Agencies, The Police, Law Officers in the Ministry of Justice & Law students

For more details, please contact:
Contact person: Destiny
Telephone: 07034179985


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