Digital Evidence & eDiscovery Law Practice

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 Convener of the course 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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5 hours to complete
Admissibility Foundation for Digital Evidence. See Chapter 5 of the book for further reading

It is an established fact that electronic communication has become the predominant and preferred form of communication in all aspects of business and social relations. As records and files in today’s dispensation are born digital, observers or witnesses on the scene of any incident can now document the details of events with photographs, video and audio recordings from their digital devices such as cell phones and cameras. Postings of real-time commentary (often transmitted through mobile devices) on websites such as YouTube and global social media sites, previously unavailable real-time, have now become common place. Therefore, in court proceedings, traditional eyewitness testimony can be greatly enhanced and corroborated by introducing evidence derived from these devices. These challenges become more compelling that, in today’s litigation, a trial lawyer is often inundated with vast amounts of computer data, computer models, audio and video files, medical imagery, CAD designs, computer-generated charts, animations, emails, spread-sheets, digital recordings, website materials, instant messages, digital photographs, chat room transcripts, metadata, etc.

The Focus of this Module

Because it is an undeniable fact that the proliferation of these devices that result in the creation and transmission of huge amounts of digital information has created unprecedented challenges in legal proceedings, the focus of this weekly discourse is on how the courts would decide on proper authentication of digital information under the current judicial rules and procedures.

Gains and Benefit

On completion of the lecture as espoused in the video, reading activity, quiz and assessment, you will be able to understand:

  • the evidence analytical framework, i.e., authentication, relevancy, unfair prejudice, hearsay rule and the concept of “original”;
  • the application of the best evidence rules to computer records in the admissibility process;
  • these five steps of analytical framework are of crucial consideration whenever the admissibility of digital evidence is called into question.
2 Videos (Total 25 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz, 1 assignment SEE ALL
2 videos
The Evidence Analytical Framework and the concept of “Original”
The application of the best evidence rules to computer records in the admissibility process
1 readings
Module Guide
1 quiz
Activity - Answer a 30 min question & answer test
1 assignment
Assignment of the week