The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has cautioned judges to ensure national laws were not eroded with the advent of the digital era, especially with the opportunities and complexities presented by technological advancement.
“My Lords, the digital revolution brings various challenges and complexities that demand our attention and understanding as judicial officers. We must balance rights in our abilities and obligations in this digital era,” he said
Justice Ariwoola made the call while declaring open a workshop organized by the Nigerian Communications Commission for judges on legal issues in telecommunications, with the theme, “The Adjudication Path In A Digital era”.
He also told them to remain vigilant in addressing ethical and legal dimensions associated with technologies by ensuring transparency, fairness and the preservation of due process which is paramount to maintaining public trust and confidence in the judiciary.
“The revolving nature of technology requires continuous adaptation and enhancement of regulatory framework. As the judicial officers, recognizing the transformation nature of digital services and the erosion of national legislation is essential,” he said.
“The borderless digital realm has blurred the traditional jurisdictional boundaries and possessing challenges to the efficacy of national laws in the face of global digital platforms and services. It is our responsibilities as guidance of the law to navigate this complexities and ensure that our national laws are not eroded,” he added.
Justice Ariwoola also noted that the digital revolution brings various challenges and complexities that demand the attention and understanding of judicial officers. He said that it is important to balance rights in our abilities and obligations in this digital era.
“Technology has fundamentally transformed how we communicate, access information and conduct legal proceedings. We are obliged to embrace this transformation while assuring that doing Justice remains at the forefront of our efforts,” he said.
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