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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5 hours to complete
Evaluation of Section 84 of Nigeria Evidence Act 2011 and A Critique of the Supreme Court Decisions in Kubor v. Dickson and Kubor v. Sylva. See Chapter 18 of the book for further reading

Digital phenomenon, no doubt, has created unprecedented challenge in legal proceedings, not only to the prosecution but also the courts that have to decide how to properly authenticate digital information under the earlier existing judicial rules and procedure. As digital evidence and eDiscovery tracks continue to evolve and achieve relevance in our criminal and civil courts, judges need to fairly and justly evaluate the merits of the offered evidence. This opportunity came with the amendment to the Nigerian Evidence Act in 2011. This amendment brought innovation into our evidentiary rules by the express provision for admissibility of statements contained in documents produced by computers as provided by section 84 of the Act.

The Focus of this Weekly Module

The emergence of section 84 of the Act witnessed various attempts by academic legal writers to explain the purport of its subject matter. Whilst these contributions are valuable, they offered very little or no explanation of the underlying technology. Understanding the purport or essence of section 84, lawyers and judges need a general understanding of the underlying technologies and the applications from which digital evidence is derived. Developing the much-needed skills, knowledge and understanding required to communicate the needs of section 84, becomes the focal point of this weekly module.

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 underlying technology as a precursor to Section 84 of the Evidence Act;
  • analysis and evaluation of Section 84;
  • production of Certificate under Section 84(4);
  • the Supreme Court decision in Kubor v. Dickson with reference to Section 84 (2) and (4) of the Act;
  • the Critique of the Supreme Court decision in Dickson v. Sylva.
3 Videos (Total 00 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz, 1 assignment SEE ALL
3 videos
The underlying technology as a precursor to Section 84 of the Evidence Act
Analysis and Evaluation of Section 84
Production of Certificate under Section 84(4)
1 readings
Module Guide
1 quiz
Activity - Answer a 30 min question & answer test
1 assignment
Assignment of the week