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The life cycle of the electronic evidence in criminal proceedings

About the project

This project, mainly sponsored by the European Commission (JUST/2015/JTRA/AG/EJTR/8650), consists of six major seminars that will take place in different EU cities.


  • to plan and implement six seminars in different EU Cities
  • to train an overall number of 240 EU legal practitioners (40 per event)
  • to present the life cycle of the electronic evidence: from the pre-trial to post-trial phase with concrete simulations and live demonstrations rather than in a theoretical way
  • to familiarise participants (who often have no technical background) with the impact that electronic evidence has on criminal proceedings
  • to offer an insight into different national EU criminal legal systems which already experienced the handling of e-evidence in Court (knowledge of the legal systems of other EU Member States)


Six seminars (the life cycle of e-evidence in specific/given contexts), as follows:
  • The life cycle of e-evidence: from the issuing order to the presentation in court passing by the custody chain
    (Zagreb, 7-8 March 2017)
  • The life cycle of e-evidence: the rise of evidence on mobile devices (smartphones and tablets)
    (Madrid, 23-24 May 2017)
  • The life cycle of e-evidence: handling e-evidence in online fraud cases
    (Athens, 7-8 November 2017)
  • The life cycle of e-evidence: handling e-evidence in child sex abuse material
    (Trier, 19-20 February 2018)
  • The life cycle of e-evidence: the challenges posed by “Cloud Computing”
    (Prague, 10-11 April 2018)
  • The life cycle of e-evidence: acquisition of e-evidence and jurisdictional issues
    (Tallinn, 18-19 September 2018)

Type and number of persons benefiting from the Project

  • 15 judges x 6 seminars = 90 judges
  • 15 prosecutors x 6 seminars = 90 prosecutors
  • 10 lawyers x 6 seminars = 60 lawyers

Expected results

  • to raise awareness on the implications/impact that the electronic evidence has in criminal proceedings and on the new forms of investigative techniques
  • to learn the basics of digital investigations enabling participants to gain an overview of the complex challenges related to admissibility of the e-evidence in court
  • to gain an insight into the work carried out by their counterparts in other Member States on the admissibility of e-evidence, developing mutual trust among Member States while expanding good practices
  • to increase the knowledge (through concrete “live demonstrations” during the training rather than theoretical lessons) on new ways evidence in presented in court (hard disks, computers, mobile devices, videos, etc.)
  • to always be updated on new criminal modus operandi trends
  • to overall improve the knowledge on the subject and raise awareness on these relatively new subjects


  • The Croatian Judicial Academy (Partner/co-beneficiary)
  • The Czech Judicial Academy (Partner/co-beneficiary)
  • The Centro de Estudios Jurídicos, Spain (Partner/co-beneficiary)
  • The Estonian Prosecution’s Office (Partner/co-beneficiary)
  • The Athens Bar Association (Partner/co-beneficiary)
  • The European Judicial Training Network - EJTN (Associate Partner)
  • The European Criminal Bar Association – ECBA (Associate Partner)