It is no understatement to say that the legal profession and the judicial process world-wide, are going through evolution at a pace never experienced. Digital disruption, occasioned by rapid increase in the use of mobile devices and other computing accompaniments have compromised the continuation of existing ways of thinking with its inherent dilemma.
Today, corporations, governments, private individuals and other business operators keep their critical data that often become evidentiary in electronic format, stored on computers and computer-related devices. Issues of admissibility of such data stored in computer often arise in the course of litigation in courts. In all, one major area of concern when litigation is anticipated is the acquisition, authentication, evaluation and admissibility of information stored on magnetic and other media. At one extreme is the pure science of digits (0s and1s). At this level, the laws of physics and mathematics rule; at the other extreme, is the courtroom.
To get a document or an item of any kind admitted into court requires two things. First, the information must be factual. Second, it must be introduced by a witness who can explain the facts and answer questions. While the first may be pure science, the latter requires training, experience and ability to communicate the science. There is no better way to express this paradigm than reference to physical documents that lawyers are used to over time and the digital document, a new entrant into the lexicon of documents. With this dichotomy, a new form of dilemma emerges: paper world and its digital form. Lawyers, therefore, must appreciate the nature of this dilemma in order to fit into the emerging concept of digital evidence.
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Who should attend:
government personnel, Lawyers in litigation and corporate practice, ICT departments of organization such as banks and other interested persons in similar corporations, etc