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DIGITIZATION AND ADMISSIBILITY OF DIGITAL RECORDS IN NIGERIAN COURTS: STRATEGIES AND LESSONS FOR THE LIS PROFESSION

Nkiko, Christopher and Bolu, Christian and Michael-Onuoha, Happiness Chijioke (2016) DIGITIZATION AND ADMISSIBILITY OF DIGITAL RECORDS IN NIGERIAN COURTS: STRATEGIES AND LESSONS FOR THE LIS PROFESSION. In: Providing Sustainable and Equitable Access to Information: Perspectives from Nigeria. Tai Solarin University of Education Press ljagun, Ogun State, Nigeria, ljagun, Ogun State, Nigeria, pp. 432-449. ISBN 978-978-956-607-5

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Abstract

The global impetus and preference for automation of records management systems arising from propensity for greater efficiency and preservation imperatives has sustained the digitization of records from creation, retention, archival to disposal. The paper examined the admissibility of digital records as evidence in Nigerian courts. It noted that the Nigerian Evidence Act has not been reviewed for over sixty years hence it 1s large/} deficient m accommodating technological developments compared to its counterparts m advanced nations. The requisite laws place highest premium on primary evidence as exemplified by original documents and regard digital records as surrogate and secondary evidence hence not admissible The courts can only be persuaded to recognize third party authenticated versions. It is recommended inter alia that records of legal value should be notarized before digitization.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Education
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 12:05
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 12:05
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/7387

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