Electronic Evidence Third edition

Electronic Evidence Third edition
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Electronic evidence is now recognised as the main source of evidence worldwide. It affects every aspect of law – both criminal and civil – and with the internet becoming increasingly significant in our day–to–day lives, it is even more important for all lawyers to understand electronic evidence and apply this understanding to daily practice.

“The text remains one of the most comprehensive self–standing texts on electronic evidence in the market”
New Law Journal

Key benefits:

  • Currently the only text available on this subject
  • Enables you to advise on electronic evidence confidently
  • Covers the complexities and types of electronic evidence in one source, and also makes suggestions for further reading on more technical issues, to save you time
  • Ensures compliance with procedures and duties to the court for the disclosure of electronic evidence
  • Includes coverage of key foreign jurisdictions and a glossary to ease understanding

New to Electronic Evidence Third Edition:

  • Developments in cloud computing
  • More cases in encryption of evidence (in the UK and USA)
  • A new separate chapter on encryption of evidence
  • New chapter on the EU – the EU is now moving fairly rapidly into developing the EU prosecutor and EU investigator in criminal matters, and there are developments in relation to the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order. In essence, the EU want to move towards the harmonization of criminal procedure. The moves will have a significant effect on all Member States, and will also affect electronic evidence significantly
  • Civil matters – there are continuing developments in disclosure/discovery, mainly in respect to amendments to practice directions (minor), and respecting relevant case law


  • Chapter 1: The sources of digital evidence
  • Chapter 2: The characteristics of electronic evidence in digital format
  • Chapter 3: Proof: the investigation, collection and examination of digital evidence
  • Chapter 4: Authenticating digital data
  • Chapter 5: Mechanical instruments: the presumption of being in order
  • Chapter 6: Encrypted data
  • Chapter 7: Using graphical technology to present evidence


  • Chapter 8: Australia
  • Chapter 9: Canada
  • Chapter 10: England & Wales
  • Chapter 11: European Union
  • Chapter 12: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, People’s Republic of Chine
  • Chapter 13: India
  • Chapter 14: Ireland, Republic of
  • Chapter 15: New Zealand


  • Selected list of resources
  • The Sedona Guidelines
  • Commonwealth Draft Model Law on Electronic Evidence
  • ACPO Good Practice Guide for Computer–Based Electronic Evidence
  • Guides to ACPO from across the world


By Stephen Mason, with a team of international contributors.

Stephen Mason is a barrister, BA (Hons) (History and Educational Philosophy), MA, LLM, PGCE (FE). He was called to the Bar by the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple in November 1988. Stephen is the recognised authority on electronic signatures and digital evidence, and has assisted governments in China, the Middle–East, Central America, and businesses in continental Europe and Africa, including the Corporation of London, the Ministry of Justice of the United Arab Emirates and the government of Trinidad and Tobago among others.

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