Online Group Training

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 Author/Facilitator of the training 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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Course Information

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48 weeks


6 - 8 hours per week, entirely online




If you have not yet been served with discovery requests seeking electronic documents or email, the chances are you will soon be. In the likely event you are served, what are your obligations in responding to discovery seeking electronic evidence? Do you possess the technological sophistication necessary to properly advise clients on what to do with regard to preserving electronic evidence once it becomes apparent that litigation is a possibility? When is it appropriate for you to request a computer forensic investigation? What is the current case providing guidance for the costs of producing electronic evidence and what are appropriate sanctions for not producing electronic evidence or failing to prevent it from spoliation? These questions and many more are answered in this course.

Who Should Take this Training?

This special technical group training is restricted to the technical content and use of the book, organized for specified group as herein listed: Judges, Magistrates, State Counsels, and Legal Practitioners in Corporate Practice, Legal Practitioners in Private Practice, Law Students in Nigeria Law School and Undergraduate Law Students in the Universities). This training is specifically requested by organisation to which the respective disciplines belong. Special arrangement is made to acquire the books that would give access (in compliance with terms of use) to the training portal by implementing the use of the access code located at the inside front cover of the book along with a valid email address of the user.

Training Overview
  • The Online Training Portal is characterized by its easy-learning approach design to ensure maximum learning experience by all participants.
  • Weekly Modular Structure: Every training program is divided into weekly modules, where each module consist of Notes & Videos, Tests, Assignments & Discussion Forums.
  • Notes & Videos: Notes contain the objective of each weekly module and lesson guide. Along some of the notes are also lesson videos.
  • Assignments: Assignment is one way of evaluating a participant on each weekly module. Assignments are expected to be completed on or before the closure of the module. A Text Editor is provided in the Training Portal where these assignments are done and submitted.
  • Tests: Weekly test is another assessment method of the training. Test consist of Multiple-Choice questions, Fill-The-Gap and True or False questions. The Test can only be attempted ONCE, hence there is the Practise Test that helps participants get familiar with the Test Portal.
  • Discussion Forums: The Discussion Forum is the platform where training participants discuss and share ideas relating to the module. Every module has its discussion forum that are related to the module lessons.
  • Assessments: The total score of each weekly module is derived from the scores on the Tests, Assignments and participation in Discussions. These scores are collated and used to compute the total score of the participant for the weekly module.
  • Upon successful completion of the training, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in Digital Evidence & eDiscovery Law Practice in Nigeria by DE-CFI
Syllabus - What you will learn from this training

Week 1: Virtual Environment, Digital culture and the Dilemma of the Judicial Tripod in the 21st Century

Week 2: An Overview of the Law of Evidence: The Pre-Digital and the Digital Age, incorporating the Understanding of Integrated Circuits, Binary Digits & their Evidentiary Values

Week 3: Understanding Computer System Components, Functions and Their Evidentiary Values

Week 4: Digital Evidence Sources and their Evidentiary Values

Week 5: Admissibility Foundation for Digital Evidence

Week 6: Electronic Document and Admissibility Foundation

Week 7: Digital Images as Evidence

Week 8: Cellphone Data and Cellular Networks as Evidence

Week 9: Social Networks and Digital Evidence

Week 10: Satellite Image (Data) as Digital Evidence

Week 11: Electronic Banking and Evidentiary Challenges

Week 12: Legal Issues Specific to Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) Forensic Evidence

Week 13: Logs as Digital Evidence

Week 14: Cryptography and Blockchain: The Backbone of Digital Evidence Authentication

Week 15: Chain of Custody: It’s Application to Digital Evidence

Week 16: Judicial Notice in the Digital Age

Week 17: System Malfunction and Integrity Violation: A Case for Section 84 of the Evidence Act, 2011

Week 18: 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

Week 19: eDiscovery: An Overview

Week 20: The Development of eDiscovery Guidelines, Reference Models/Legal Framework

Week 21: An Overview of eDiscovery Development and Application in Different Jurisdictions and Nigeria

Week 22: Litigation-Readiness Plan: Getting Ready for eDiscovery

Week 23: The Preservation of Evidence and Litigation Hold

Week 24: Pre-Trial Conference and Early Exchange of Computer System Information Pursuant to eDiscovery

Week 25: Production of Electronically Stored Document

Week 26: Accessibility and Inaccessibility Issues in the Production of Electronically Stored Information

Week 27: The Principle of Proportionality in Producing Electronically Stored Information in eDiscovery

Week 28: Spoliation and Sanctions

Week 29: Subject-Specific Sources of Discoverable Electronic Stored Information in eDiscovery

Week 30: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2011: Access to Information in the Age of Electronic Record

Week 31: The Basic Concepts and Locard Exchange Principle in Digital Forensic Investigations

Week 32: Investigators, Prosecutors and Defence Counsel Familiarity with Basic Computer Concepts and Resources

Week 33: Locating and Protecting Electronically-Stored Data in Digital Investigation

Week 34: Digital Forensic Investigative Tools

Week 35: Search and Seizure in Digital Forensic Investigation

Week 36: Digital Forensic Investigative Methodology and Techniques

Week 37: Application of Digital Forensic Investigative Technique: A Case of Money Laundry in Nigeria

Week 38: Cybercrime: Evidentiary Issues in Prosecution and Defence in Consequence of Digital Forensic Investigation

Week 39: The Emergence of Expert Witness, the Concept of Expert Opinion and Common Knowledge

Week 40: Duties and Responsibilities of Expert Witness

Week 41: Ethical Issues and Disqualification of Expert Witness

Week 42: The Expert Witness Report

Week 43: Admissibility of Forensic Expert Evidence in Court

Week 44: Digital Forensic Expert Witness in Court