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;

Monday, 26th August 2019

Time:  14.00 – 15.30

Iris, Eko Hotel


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

Panelists:     Hon. Justice Alaba Ajileye

Justice Nelson Ogbuanya

Amanim Akpabio

Hadizatu Uwani  Mustapha

Nnamdi Ezeigbo

Please join the discuss at
the upcoming #NBAAGC2019