Protect national laws despite digital era complexities, CJN charges judges


Thee Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, has charged judges to protect Nigeria’s law in the face of the complexities the digital era has brought on the administration of justice.

The CJN gave the charge in Kano on Monday while declaring open the 2023 Annual Workshop for Judges on Legal Issues in Telecommunications organised by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and the National Judicial Institute (NJI) with the theme, “The Adjudicating path in a digital era”.

According to him, the judiciary was obliged to embrace the transformation occasioned by Information Communications Technology (ICT) while ensuring that doing justice remains at the forefront of our efforts.

“As judicial officers, recognizing the transformation nature of digital services and the erosion of national legislation is essential. The borderless digital realm has blurred traditional jurisdictional boundaries, posing challenges to the efficacy of national laws in the face of global digital platforms and services.

“As judicial officers, we must balance rights, liabilities and obligations in this digital era.

“While technological advancements offer numerous benefits, they also introduce new legal dilemmas. The rise of social media, online platforms and digital interactions necessitates a comprehensive framework that balances individual rights, societal responsibilities and corporate liabilities.

“The evolving nature of technology requires continuous adaptation and enhancement of regulatory frameworks.”


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