• Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review

Stephen Mason
Publication date:
First document:
Nbr. 1, October 2004
Last document:
Nbr. 11, October 2014


The Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review incorporates the Digital Evidence Journal and the e-Signature Law Journal, and brings articles, legal developments and case reports to academics, practitioners and the industry in relation to digital evidence and electronic signatures from across the world. The review also seeks to include reports on technical advances and book reviews, and is issued once a year, in October/November.

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  • The influence of computer generated animations on juror decision making

    The modern court is changing and part of this development is a result of the increased use of technology. In particular, the use of multimedia applications have enabled legal teams to present evidence in new and novel ways; however, animations and computer generated exhibits (CGE) have recently been the subject of debate over their potential to unduly influence court decisions. A growing body of empirical studies in this area suggests that major differences in trial outcome could result from the inclusion of animation evidence. Subtle changes to the style and format of CGEs can be problematic and produce disparate outcomes in experimental studies. This paper reviews some of the leading research and commentary in the field of electronic court evidence, with an emphasis on juror decision ...

  • Case Translation: France
  • The use of malware as a means of obtaining evidence in Portuguese criminal proceedings

    The use of malware as a means of obtaining evidence has increased in the course of the past years due to its effectiveness to counter the anti-forensic measures adopted by cyber criminals. In Portugal, it appears that this investigative tool was inserted in the Cybercrime Law as a technological device to be used in undercover operations. However, the terms in which this provision was foreseen lack clarity, precision and most of all respect for the defendant’s rights, thus raising doubts as to its constitutionality. This paper discusses the implications of this legislation. The topic is extensive, and certain important areas are not covered, such as: the issue of national reach beyond its borders, and the reliability of the evidence. These are topics for another paper

  • Case Translation: Greece
  • Electronic Evidence in Nigeria

    Electronic evidence is steadily assuming or has assumed a very important position in the adjudication of disputes or cases, be they criminal or civil. Anything done on the computer or the internet usually leaves traces or digital footprints which can serve as evidence in legal proceedings. Electronic evidence can therefore aid the investigation and solving of crimes by law enforcement agents. All this is possible because we are living in an age where most of the things we used to do manually are now done on computers, computer-like devices, or with the aid of computers and computer networks (such as the internet). For instance, using a debit card, the customer can use an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) to obtain access to their account, and to withdraw money anywhere in the world. With a...

  • Case Translation: Greece
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  • Electronic signatures in Italian law

    This paper aims to provide an overview on the different types of electronic signature in Italy and how they affect the value and evidential effectiveness of an electronic document in Italian law. The focus is on the debate concerning the compatibility between electronic signatures and the judicial response in case law when dealing with articles 214 ? 220 of the Codice di Procedura Civile (Civil Procedural Code)

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