The Challenges and Impact of Technological Advancement to the Legal Profession in Nigeria given the Covid-19 Pandemic
The development of technology has intensified and enhances all aspects of human endeavors, including the legal profession. However, the use of technological facilities in the smooth operation of the legal profession before the occurrence of the Covid-19 has been very minimal. In this regard, given the current Covid-19 that has ravaged the global community, most nations require a total or partial lockdown and social distancing protocol, thereby affecting the productivity of most professions. However, to continue to provide professional legal services in Nigeria during the Covid-19 pandemic has led to adopting technological facilities in the smooth operation of the legal profession. It is concerning the above that this study employs a doctrinal and empirical non-doctrinal method in investigating how technological facilities have impacted the smooth operation of the legal profession in Nigeria during the Covid-19. An online questionnaire survey was sent to 313 respondents (randomly selected) who live in Nigeria. Descriptive and analytical methods were used in analysing the data obtained. The study found that the occurrence of the covid-19 in Nigeria has led to the use of technological facilities, which has further impacted significantly in the operation of the legal profession. However, there are several challenges in using technological facilities. The study therefore recommends and concludes that there is a need to legally intensify and embrace the use of technological facilities in the operation of the legal profession.
Keywords: Technology, legal, profession, Covid-19, Pandemic, Nigeria