Kogi CJ tasks lawyers on application of “electronic evidence”

Kogi CJ tasks lawyers on application of “electronic evidence”

The Acting Chief Judge of Kogi, Justice Henry Olusiyi, on Thursday urged the country’s lawyers to enhance their knowledge on the application of modern technology in the delivery of justice.


He made the call in Lokoja when he launched a book on “A Compendium of Cases on Electronic Evidence”, written by Justice Alaba Omolaye-Ajileye.


“Electronic Evidence”, which is also referred to as “Digital Evidence”, is any probative information stored or transmitted in digital form which a party to a court case may use at trial.


Olusiyi, who commended the author’s exploits, also said that “without books, lawyers would be dead.


“A lawyer who does not read books is a lawyer who will soon fossilise and become irrelevant in his profession.


“Every student and practitioner at the Bar, Bench or the Academia, should purchase this book as an essential working tool.


“I have had the privilege of browsing through the book personally and I make bold to say that it is a well-researched, carefully selected, highly educative collection of judicial authorities and pronouncements on electronic evidence in Nigeria.


“It is, therefore, a great honour for me to dedicate the book in memory of my bosom friend and late boss, Honourable Justice Nasir Ajanah (CON)”, he said.


Mr Yemi Mohammed, who reviewed the book, said that in terms of depth, contemporaneity and relevance to advocacy, adjudication and administration of justice in Nigeria, the book could only be matched by its forerunner, Electronic Evidence, published in 2018.


“All the same, the former is best regarded as an indispensable companion to the latter, rather than as its rival, for both are apparently designed to achieve complementary purposes,” he said


Justice Omolaye-Ajileye said that the book was his third book on Electronic Evidence.


He said that the first one was a pamphlet written to bring out some facts about electronic evidence, while the second was on “Admissibility of Electronic Evidence”.


Omolaye-Ajileye expressed the hope that the book would advance the knowledge of legal practitioners and strengthen their awareness in the area of electronic evidence in Nigeria.

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