An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Hanningtone Amol, has urged African courts to embrace electronic form of evidence in resolution of cases.
Speaking at a two-day workshop on “Oral advocacy and electronic evidence” in Abuja, he noted that the system was not only fast and smooth but effective in resolution of election petitions.
The workshop, organised by Attorneys General Alliance-Africa (AGA-Africa) in collaboration with Kaduna State Ministry of Justice, was aimed at enhancing skills of prosecutors.
The Kenyan lawyer, who narrated how the Supreme Court of Kenya resolved the presidential election litigation in 14 days, observed that the feat was achieved through use of electronic evidence.
“The courts are changing and becoming flexible and appreciating that electronic evidence is part and parcel of the solution of major dispute , such as constitutional dispute surrounding elections,” he said.
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Kaduna State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Aisha Dikko, said electronic evidence was becoming more relevant in prosecuting cases because a lot of facts were digital.
“So, we thought it is good to bring lawyers here and refresh their minds on how to present electronic evidence in their cases. We want to enhance their capability so that they can do better in court,” she said.
A partner at PUNUKA Attorneys and Solicitors, Ebelechukwu Enedeah, said electronic evidence was a technical aspect of litigation that required constant update, especially in this digital age.