Jul 22, 2019

Leveraging Technology in Justice Administration: Issues and Challenges

Technology has become an inevitable part in the day-to-day life of the society and given the workload and volumes of information and data in the judicial process, applying technology in justice administration will increase efficiency, promote easy research and allow for easier information to retrieval and in the long run, reduce stress and promote the health of judicial administrators.

In the Nigerian justice system, it is safe to mention that we are still in the process of embracing the modern trend of technology. Although the Administration of Criminal Justice Act provides for a 180-day trial period for criminal trials, however, justice delivery is painfully slow.

Thus, applying technology in justice administration would reduce inefficiency, inaccuracy, lack of transparency and so on. The major area where technology has been deployed in justice administration is E-filing. This is a good step in the right direction.

Another area where it would be safe to deploy technology is the Case Management System. It is appalling that Nigerian Judges still make use of short hand in recording proceedings. Deployment of court room technology would ease the burden of the judges.

Irrespective of the fact that technology in justice administration has its advantages, there are still some challenges facing it. One of such is the provision and maintenance of equipment and poor power supply, the failure of our rules of procedure to accommodate digital evidence presentation system and also, the fact that some of our rules and laws are not technology proactive.

With the world becoming a global village with the advent of computers, it is necessary that the Nigerian judiciary be carried along. It is therefore important that judges of every state and at all levels are meant to be technologically inclined. They are all meant to be computer literates so that Nigeria would remain relevant in this global world.

The issues and challenges of deploring technology in the administration of justice would be discussed at the Plenary Session of the NBA Annual General Conference scheduled to hold on;

Date: Monday, 26th August 2019

Time:  14.00 – 15.30

Venue: Iris, Eko Hotel


Moderator: Dr Tammy Dangogo (Secretary to Rivers State Government)

Panelists:     Hon. Justice Alaba Ajileye

Hon. Justice Nelson Ogbuanya

Dr. Amanim Akpabio

Mrs Hadizatu Uwani  Mustapha

Nnamdi Ezeigbo

Please join the discuss at the upcoming #NBAAGC2019