Ogun State Chief Judge, Hon. Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu has charged the magistrates in the State to embrace digital technology in addressing issues of life, as the world has gone beyond analogue.
Justice Dipeolu stated this at the opening of a two-Day training for Magistrates on Digital and Evidence e-Discovery Law Practice in Nigeria, held at the High Court Complex Hall, Kobape Road, Abeokuta.
She said technology has revolutionized the method, ease, speed and time in conducting peoples’ activities, noting that with this innovation, business transactions were conducted faster, while learning and teaching were richer, and the legal profession was generally better positioned.
Dipeolu noted that, electronic discovery was 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, saying digital evidence and e-discovery procedure must be considered within the context of advancement in science and technology.
The Chief Judge added that, it was imperative for legal professionals to rely more on technology tools like electronic law reports and virtual case management tools, noting that shift in technology has led to the emergence of digital evidence, resulting from Electronically Stored Information (ESI).
“Indeed, we all know and pride ourselves with the fact that the legal profession is a conservative and traditional one, and these are virtues which must be preserved, in order to maintain the prestige of the profession”, Dipeolu said.
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, adding that 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 all participants to see the training as an opportunity to acquire more skills and knowledge, appreciating the Chief Judge for the great privilege of organizing such training.
“It was a rare privilege for them to acquire such skill and knowledge, I believe they will return to their duty posts with a better understanding of analysing litigation with digital evidence, to justify the enormous amount spent on training and re-training them”, Justice Mabekoje said.
Speaking during the training, the resource person, Chief Emeka Arinze, said it was imperative to key into technology in addressing all civil, criminal and other matters of litigation in the country, saying every aspects of existence, from transportation, publishing, marketing and distribution had been taken over by technology.
“As you can see that virtually every aspects of life had been taken over by technology and the law should not be excepted in going digital, that’s more reason they really need to key into it before it is too late”, Arinze said.