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CJ urges Ogun magistrates to embrace digital technology

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The Chief Judge of Ogun State, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, has advised the magistrates to take advantage of the innovations presented by digital technology to facilitate their dispensation of justice.

She gave the advice at the opening of a two-day training for magistrates on digital evidence and e-Discovery Law Practice in Nigeria, held at the High Court Complex Hall in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Justice Dipeolu, who noted that technology had revolutionised the method, ease, speed and time in conducting peoples’ activities, said: “With this innovation, business transactions are now conducted faster, while learning and teaching are richer, and the legal profession is generally better positioned.”

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She described electronic discovery as a procedure by which parties involved in a legal case preserve, collect, review and exchange information in electronic formats for the purpose of using it as evidence.

According to the chief judge, it has become imperative for legal professionals to rely more on what technological innovations offer like the electronic law reports, virtual case management tools and digital evidence resulting from Electronically Stored Information (ESI).

In his welcome address, the Chairman, Judiciary Training Committee, Justice Olanrewaju Mabekoje, said the training was a rare opportunity for members of staff of the state judiciary, as it would improve their productivity.

According to him, digital evidence and e-discovery in law practice would reduce man-hour spent by magistrates in tackling litigation issues and dispensation of justice in the state. He admonished the magistrates to see the training as an opportunity to acquire more skills and knowledge, appreciating the chief judge for organising the training.

The resource person, Chief Emeka Arinze of Digital Evidence and Cyber Forensic Institute, Nigeria, said it was imperative to key into technology in addressing all civil, criminal and other matters of litigation in the country, noting that every aspect of existence had been taken over by technology.

“Every aspect of life has been taken over by technology and the law should not be exempted from going digital. That is the more reason the magistrates really need to key into it before it is too late,” Arinze said.

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