Design And Implementation Of A Computerized Documentation System Of Court Proceedings
As the complexity and degrees of crimes widen, system using new technology will have to be utilized to aid lawyers etc to fight this tends. Justice is to deal with somebody properly in an appropriate manner, fair and right treatment. Everybody earnestly desires it in all cases, court proceedings pertaining justice requires almost accuracy. The aim behind the design of this software it to model a computerized documentation system of court proceedings in handling cases.
In a bid to solve their problems and make life less cumbersome have been evolving from one idea to another. They have tried many way to actualize their dreams. But unfortunately, there are little or no progress because they did not havE the technologies to carry them through for technologically and scientifically they were but full of crude ideas.
Technological developments penetrates through the century and enable man to do many things without much problem. Suffice it to say that it is the quest to make life better and less cumbersome that the Almighty technological too – computer ever know and seen by man enters. It is reshaping our world and will go on reshaping it.
The history of computer and computing may said to begin with the abacus, a machine that aid humans in calculation more than 5,000 years ago. Down the evolutionary trend, names of people like John Napier, Blaise Pascal, Gottfried Wilhelm, Charles babbage etc. cannot be left out. It is the difficulties and weak points of manual operations in our works that let to the development of this powerful tool.
What computer can do in all aspect of human endeavours computer can be seen as the most effective tool in 1982, a land mark was created in history when a paraplegic Nandaris with the aid of computer walk for the first time after a job. That is computer in son field of medicine.
Engineering and science, computer can be use to stimulate, create, and design complex industry equipment in manufacturing industries.
In hostile environment – computer controlled robots can be used to explore places that ate harmful to human beings and can work in areas like nuclear plant where human beings cannot
Investigation and crime detection, computer programs can be used to search and locate missing people and things wherever they may be at any point in time.
Computer and law service, the wonder of computer is not very far from the court proceedings and all other court activities due to it can be used to store some criminal five and retrieve if need be at any given time.
The introduction of computer in court proceeding will enhance the speedy and accurate efficiency and effective attendance of each and every clients in the court.
If computer is applied in design and implementation of documentation system of court proceedings. It will help to improve the judiciary of the nation to attain maximum utility.
1.2 Statement of the Problem
There are many methods that being used in law court proceeding system.
- Lack of computer for storage of court proceedings. There is tendency of Federal court Enugu to loose some files which will bring distrust to them.
- There are not many personnel, that are trained as computer operator and computer annalists.
- Due to the computer is not appropriately applied in court proceeding the people that handle the case can falsify some documents and try to take bribe to free hoodlums.
Due to the problem mentioned above, the manual of court proceedings is clumsy and insufficient.
1.4 Purpose of the Study
All effects of the researchers are pearled towards the gathering of sufficient information that would help in making suggestion as how the Federal court will be storing the court proceeding.
It high to increase the efficiency and productivity of bank services with the increased utilization of internet court proceeding service system.
This study is also undertaken to ease the problem associated with court proceedings in Federal High Court and also to create awareness for the use of computer software in the legal Aid council.
1.5 Aim and Objectives
The aim and objective of the study is to expose all the lapses of the existing manual system of court proceeding in legal Aid Council and for the program to be able to store a very large volume of court proceeding and for easy access and retrieval of information needed for a case.
This work covers only the legal aspect of the Legal Council Enugu. Hence, the administration files are not considered.
Many factors have limited this, some of these factors are:
The time allocated to research work for this study was greatly constrained due to intense academic activities involving the researcher.
The major constraints for this study occurred in the form of inadequate funds. The present high cost of material, access to a personal computer unit for running and debugging of the application program, transportation expenses to an from the site of computer etc militated against the smooth and easy advancement of the work..
I assume that the documentation of system of court proceedings input specification of Legal Aid Council is the same for all legal industries.
1.8 Definition of Terms
An electronic device that input data, process it, and bring it out as an information.
It is collection of related data or records.
Series of instruction to the computer.
This is a general term to describe all the programs which may be used to run a computer system, together with the associated documents.
This describes the physical devices, which makes up the computer system.
This is any representation of facts that can be fed into the computer for processing.
A documentation book written in index format used to process a law report.
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This piece of work was embarked upon with the hope that, from the design and implementation of this software package; it will load the improving the practice system of lawyer. Based on this, the following suggestion re recommended.
- I have not attempted in this work to explore all the possible area in which, computer can be of use in the legal profession. I have only done the mujch I could within the constraints I had, during the study. But I would suggest that the liberary session of the court be computerized.
- That maintenance culture, should be practice, as regard, the computer machine. The computer and its peripherals should be subjected to occasional maintenance checks. This can be done either by calling – on a trained computer engineer or alternatively a trained personnel in the court, who will carry – out this simple checks.
- The computer should be installed, and operated in a cool, but camp environment. The environment should not also be dusty, the computer and its peripherals should be provided with dust – proof coves, which should be used to cover the machine when not in use.
- Training and retraining programmes should be organized for the operational staff to up date their knowledge in the field of computer science from time to time.
This work has gone a long way in easing off the tedious work of the legal practitioners and police detectives, of having to spend a lot of time looking up different types of judgements of cases from different case files, weekly, monthly Nigeria Law times reports etc. of different volumes.
This software viewing package now makes for easy and speedy viewing, retrieving and printing any of these verdicts / judgements in any order from the storage medium, once any of these fields is supplied, STATION CODE, COURT NO, NAME OF OFFICER INCHARGE, NAME OF LAWYER INCHARGE AQUITED, CONVICTED etc.
Also I feel, with the implementation of this package in various law court, it will lead to the legal practitioners and police detectives doing their work more effectively and with ease.