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Title:Admissibility of computer generated evidence in Nigeria: making a case for reforms
Author:Olatoye, K.A.
Periodical:Journal of Oriental and African Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
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Abstract:The Evidence Act Cap 112 Laws of the Federation, 1990, which comprises the basic rules of evidence in Nigeria, does not expressly provide for the status and treatment of computer-generated pieces of evidence in law courts. Consequently, in order to catch up with the modern trend in the proof of evidence in court, now largely computer based, there is a need to modify or amend the existing law of evidence to accommodate admissibility of computer-generated evidence. This paper examines the admissibility of computer-generated evidence under section 5 (a) of the Evidence Act; admissibility of computer-generated evidence by way of presumptions; admissibility via relevancy rule; admissibility of computer-generated evidence under section 91 of the Act and under the Companies and Allied Matters Act 1990; and admissibility of computer-generated evidence via expert opinion and as real evidence. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]