The electronic age is fast becoming part of the everyday legal process, and forensic technology can help us to make sense of it. Phillip Sealey runs through the increasing importance of computer-based evidence
The role of computer-based material is now vital to the modern litigation process. With the explosion in the use of electronic documents, spreadsheets and e-mail, the volume of information held on computers is growing rapidly. Litigators are finding there is a considerable amount of relevant material obtained from electronic data, and that it needs to be reviewed alongside any hard copy material. It is becoming more usual to find evidence exclusively in electronic format. Statistics suggest that 90% of all business documents are created electronically and 35% never reach the printed page.
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