Certificate of Proficiency in Digital Evidence & eDiscovery Law Practice in Nigeria

Weekly training modules are based on the textbook: DIGITAL EVIDENCE & eDISCOVERY LAW PRACTICE IN NIGERIA by the Convener of the course Emeka Arinze Esq, LLM, M.I.T (info-tech), CBSP (Certified Biometric & Surveillance Professional, CDEA (Certified Digital Evidence Analyst), CCI (Certified Cybercrime Investigator), CFP (Certified Forensic Professional).

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Virtual Environment, Digital culture and the Dilemma of the Judicial Tripod in the 21st Century. See the Introduction In the book for further reading

It is no understatement to say that the legal profession and the judicial process world-wide, are going through evolution at a pace never experienced. Digital disruption, occasioned by rapid increase in the use of mobile devices and other computing accompaniments have compromised the continuation of existing ways of thinking with its inherent dilemma.

Today, corporations, governments, private individuals and other business operators keep their critical data that often become evidentiary in electronic format, stored on computers and computer-related devices. Issues of admissibility of such data stored in computer often arise in the course of litigation in courts. In all, one major area of concern when litigation is anticipated is the acquisition, authentication, evaluation and admissibility of information stored on magnetic and other media. At one extreme is the pure science of digits (0s and1s). At this level, the laws of physics and mathematics rule; at the other extreme, is the courtroom.

To get a document or an item of any kind admitted into court requires two things. First, the information must be factual. Second, it must be introduced by a witness who can explain the facts and answer questions. While the first may be pure science, the latter requires training, experience and ability to communicate the science. There is no better way to express this paradigm than reference to physical documents that lawyers are used to over time and the digital document, a new entrant into the lexicon of documents. With this dichotomy, a new form of dilemma emerges: paper world and its digital form. Lawyers, therefore, must appreciate the nature of this dilemma in order to fit into the emerging concept of digital evidence and eDiscovery.

The Focus of this Weekly Module

Because the reality of this dilemma is obvious in our judicial system, as a starting point, we shall examine this dilemma and its impact on our judicial tripod. While examining this phenomenon we shall not lose sight of the “T-Shaped” quality skills that characterise lawyers work-output in the digital age. And lastly, the essence of this book, and summary of its content.

Gains and Benefit

On completion of the lecture as espoused in the video, reading activity, quiz and assessment, you will be able to understand:

  • The Judges’ Dilemma
  • The Lawyers’ Dilemma
  • The Law Enforcement and Prosecuting Agencies’ Dilemma
  • The 21st Century Lawyers and “T-Shaped” Quality Skills
  • Why This Book? Focus and Summary of Its Content
2 Videos (Total 30 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz, 1 assignment SEE ALL
2 videos
Welcome message from the Author
Introduction to the Book ePlatform
2 readings
About This Course
Module Guide
1 quiz
Activity - Answer a 30 min question & answer test
1 assignment
Assignment of the week