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‘Make good use of oral advocacy, electronic evidence’

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Lawyers in the country have been charged to deepen their skills in the use of oral advocacy, generation, and presentation of
electronic evidence.
   
Those will help lawyers be in a position to advance the cause of their clients in view of the emerging trend in Information and
Communication Technology (ICT).
   
The charge which was made by legal experts at a three-day workshop on Oral Advocacy and Electronic Evidence put together by Attorney General Alliance/ Africa Alliance Partnership (AGA/AAP) in conjunction with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS).

   
Director-General of NIALS, Prof. Mohammed Ladan, harped on the need for both prosecution and defence lawyers to have a full grasp of the concept and place of electronic evidence in modern-day jurisprudence.
   
According to him, electronic evidence is fast gaining ground in Nigeria with more than 40 cases decided through the use of electronically generated evidence between 2011 and date. 
   
On his part, AGA/AAP Board Member, Markus Green, observed that skills in Oral Advocacy and Electronic Evidence are necessary tools for lawyers to perform optimally in modern times. 
   
He said the AGA/AAP recognizing this fact decided to partner with Nigerian lawyers to sharpen skills in these two areas.
   
“The effective, efficient administration of justice is what we are trying to get to; we want a fair functioning judiciary, a
a judicial system that works for everyone, and the ability to process, understand electronic evidence and to understand the technologies that exist to process electronic evidence,” he said.
   
A senior partner at Punuka Attorneys and Solicitors, Chief Anthony Idigbe (SAN), said the workshop is part of the general training programme Punuka runs with the Attorney General Alliance of the United States and the African alliance partnership, to improve the justice sector in Nigeria.

Chief Idigbe stressed that advocacy is crucial in the maintenance of rule of law and as such every advocate must possess good skills in advocacy to be able to excel. 


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