The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has said it is for Nigeria’s judiciary system to embrace digital transformation that has revolutionized various aspects of human endeavour.
The CJN spoke during his opening remark at the 2023 edition of NCC-hosted annual workshop for judges on telecommunications issues, which began in Kano on Monday.
Ariwoola said information technology and telecommunication services had surpassed the conventional method of court service delivery.
He noted that the use of the Internet was becoming a prominent feature of this era with innovative and interactive influences on the public, necessitating the crucial nature of the workshop.
Addressing the theme of the workshop, ‘The adjudication path in a digital era’, the CJN said it struck a chord with the current realities that judicial officers faced technologies that had fundamentally transformed how they communicated, access information and conducted legal proceedings.
“We are obliged to embrace this transformation while ensuring that doing justice remains at the forefront of our efforts,” he said.
The nation’s number one judiciary officer explained that the workshop presented a platform where the challenges facing the judiciary by the digital revolution would be effectively discussed, and that it was also an opportunity to equip the judiciary with the necessary information to deal with the digital era.
He said: “It is also crucial to prioritise the examination of the convergence of data privacy and information security law. The enormous amount of data generated and collated in the digital realm raises critical questions regarding privacy, security, and the protection of individual rights.”
The Chief Executive Officer of NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, expressed gratitude to the CJN and the top echelon of the judiciary for finding time to attend the workshop and promised the Commission’s resolve to deepen knowledge of the digital future of the judiciary as a very critical and indispensable arm of government.
Danbatta noted that the telecommunications sector had evolved since the NCA 2003 came into existence, and a need to be responsive in readiness to keep pace with the dynamics of technologies that will come.
He said: “The communications sector, through infrastructure deployment, has continually ensured that the digital economy agenda of the Federal Government is established on a solid foundation. It has also proved to be the catalyst for entrenching the activities of both the public and private sectors in the digital space, seamlessly.”