Training – Digital Evidence for Solicitors

This course will focus on introducing digital evidence to solicitors, advocates, paralegals and other professionals working in related functions. The purpose of this exercise is to:

  • Help lawyers identify the presence of digital evidence in cases, even if that is not always obvious (i.e. in a case of indecent images of children).
  • Help lawyers do their due diligence, so that they have exhausted all possible sources of evidence when defending their client
  • Help lawyers deal with digital evidence provided by the police or another expert witness.

The main issues covered in this introductory course will be:

  • Myths and Reality. What crimes can be committed with a computer or a mobile phone?
  • Coffee Machine. Can it actually be a witness in court?
  • Chain of evidence
  • Understanding digital evidence: Criminal cases
  • Understanding digital evidence: Civil litigation
  • Understanding digital evidence: Family
  • Understanding digital evidence: Employment
  • Computer evidence
  • Mobile phones & cell site analysis
  • Case studies from real investigations
  • Auditing police forensic reports
  • Spotting digital evidence in a case (use of a short questionnaire to determine the presence of digital evidence)
  • First response of a lawyer.
  • Lessons learned

This course will help solicitors understand the impact of digital evidence in different cases, but also how to use that evidence to their advantage. It will also help lawyers dispute the validity of the evidence of the prosecution and/or opposing side.

This will also show prosecutors how to do their due diligence before deciding to prosecute someone, and judges how to ask the right questions from expert witnesses and the prosecution witnesses.

Target group: Solicitors, paralegals, prosecutors, judges, academics (law professors)

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