This course provides
the technical and legal information prosecutors need to see cases involving
digital evidence through the entire criminal justice process, from seizure and
extraction to admissibility to verdict. Topics include digital evidence commonly
seized during the execution of a search warrant, digital evidence stored
remotely by third-party service providers, and the processes investigators use
to obtain this evidence (such as the interrogation of digital devices). There is
a strong focus on case law and other legal issues surrounding the collection and
custody of digital evidence, as well as its use at trial. The course also
examines new legislation like the CLOUD Act, which is reforming the digital
evidence landscape just as rapidly as the ever-changing case law.
Evidence stored on devices. Digital
devices and the data they hold.
Evidence held by third parties. Cellular
service providers, social media platforms, and cloud storage. The implications
of Carpenter and other recent cases.
The digital forensics process. Hashing,
validation, imaging, examination, and reporting.
Case law. State-specific case law on the
seizure, examination, and admissibility of digital evidence. Issues that may
arise during motions and/or at trial.
Building your case. Effective courtroom
presentation of digital evidence. Direct examination of a digital forensic
All classes are subject to
cancellation up to 45 days before the start of class if the minimum class
registration threshold is not met.