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Electronic evidence in criminal procedures

About the project

This project, mainly sponsored by the European Commission, consists of three major seminars that will take place in Seville, Milan and Prague.

Each seminar will have a specific focus

  • Introductory Seminar (1), Seville, 6-7 June 2013: An introduction to electronic evidence in criminal proceedings: collection, analysis and presentation of electronic evidence in court
  • Specialised seminar (2), Milan, 21-22 November 2013: Challenges in obtaining and relying on electronic evidence and issues of admissibility in court
  • Specialised Seminar (3), Prague, 5-6 June 2014: The admissibility of electronic evidence in cybercrime cases (identity theft, child pornography, online fraud, etc.)

Main objectives of the introductory seminar

  • to define 'electronic evidence' and offer practical illustrations and examples of analogue and digital evidence;
  • to present the practical challenges relating to the collection and use of electronic evidence;
  • to discuss the legal implications of electronic evidence (collection, evaluation and admissibility);
  • to identify some of the practical problems that judges and prosecutors have to deal with in criminal proceedings that involve the assessment of electronic evidence;
  • to provide an overview of good practices in various EU Member States.

Main objectives of the specialised seminars

  • Acquire forensic data in accordance with acknowledged principles and methodology
  • Can I trust the electronic evidence? How can I decide the evidence is reliable
  • National (continental and common law) experiences and perspectives
  • how to ensure that the electronic evidence is authentic, complete, reliable and accurate


  • General Prosecutor’s Office of the Kingdom of Spain
  • University of Milan-Bicocca, UNIMIB
  • Czech Bar Association, CBA