Yesterday evening (1st May 2012) QCC hosted a briefing for defence solicitors on the evidential usefulness of computer data analysis in sexual abuse cases.
The session focused on the practical and technical aspects of computer evidence in sexual abuse cases. Computers store enormous amounts of digital data, only some of which will be relevant and helpful. Knowing where artefacts will be and interpreting them correctly is crucial when assessing the validity of the evidence relied upon by the prosecution and the material they may have ignored or missed. Maintaining the integrity of evidence collected is critical for a successful outcome in any computer-based forensic investigation. In-depth analysis of digital information will highlight legally admissible evidence and expert testimony can help you prove or disprove theories or allegations.
Keith Bishop, senior computer forensic specialist at QCC, presented a technical overview with scenarios and case studies.
Ronald Jaffa, Barrister at 25 Bedford Row, spoke about ‘indecent images on computer: the defence expert’s role’.
Our briefings are worth 2 CPD credits