24 to 25 March 2022 Cracow, Poland

Obtaining e-Evidence when Investigating and Prosecuting Crimes - Cracow Focus on the whole life-cycle of e-evidence (custody chain, presentation and assessment)

Published 1 year, 1 month ago


As a result of online investigations, almost all criminal courts are confronted with the question of whether or not electronic evidence presented in criminal proceedings is admissible. Rules governing the admissibility of electronic evidence vary in the legal framework of different Member States and are continuously challenged by the evolution of technological devices such as computers, mobile phones and digital cameras.

This seminar aims at promoting advanced knowledge, exchange of experience and best practices between judges, prosecutors and lawyers in private practice from EU Member States who are dealing with online investigations. This will improve participants' knowledge of the strategies and techniques used in different European countries and will ultimately improve cross-border cooperation among Member States’ authorities.

Key topics

  • The foundations of electronic evidence (direct and indirect evidence, primary and secondary evidence, ownership of digital data)
  • Collecting, authenticating and evaluating digital data in the framework of legal proceedings
  • The challenges posed by encrypted data
  • Search orders, search and seizure, destruction of evidence, evidence from other jurisdictions, trial
  • Chain of custody (through case studies)

About the Project

This seminar is part of a large-scale project sponsored by the European Commission entitled “Obtaining e-evidence when investigating and prosecuting crimes”. It consists of six seminars to take place in Dublin, Thessaloniki, Prague, Trier, Cracow and Vilnius.