Justice B.V.L.N. Chakravarthy, a High Court Judge, emphasized the importance of defense counsels gaining knowledge of digital technology due to the vital role of electronic evidence in cyber offenses. He made these remarks during a State-wide orientation programme for Legal Aid Defense Counsels (LADC) organized by the AP State Legal Services Authority (APSLSA) and the National Legal Services Authority (NLSA).
During the event, Justice Chakravarthy stressed the significant role of defense counsels and urged them to familiarize themselves with the Indian Evidence Act, 1872 and the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000. He pointed out that many advocates lack expertise in electronic records and emphasized the necessity for defense counsels to have a comprehensive understanding of digital technology given the importance of electronic evidence in all types of crimes.
Various speakers at the event, including APSLSA Member Secretary M. Babitha, A.P. Judicial Academy Director A. Hari Haranadha Sarma, and senior advocates Sunkara Rajendra Prasad, U.S.R. Raju, and M. Venkateswara Rao, addressed topics such as the ‘Significance and objectives of LADC Scheme’, ‘Art of Cross Examination’, and ‘Professional Ethics’. This initiative aimed to provide defense counsels with additional skills and knowledge in the field of law to better serve their clients.
The importance of digital technology cannot be overstated in today’s world where electronic evidence plays a crucial role in investigations and trials. Defense counsel must be well-versed in digital technology if they are to effectively represent their clients in cases involving cyber offenses.
Justice Chakravarthy highlighted this point when he said that legal aid defense counsels need to familiarize themselves with Indian Evidence Act, 1872 and Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000 as these acts play a critical role in cyber crimes.
The speakers at the event also emphasized on this point while addressing various topics such as ‘Significance and objectives of LADC Scheme’, ‘Art of Cross Examination’, and ‘Professional Ethics’. They stressed that legal aid defense counsel should have a comprehensive understanding of digital technology given its significance in all types of crimes.
In conclusion, it is clear that legal aid defense counsel must embrace digital technology if they are to effectively represent their clients in cases involving cyber offenses