Electronic Evidence

Electronic Evidence. 4th edition. Edited by Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng

 Electronic Evidence
 Edited by Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng

 4th edition

 New 5th edition now published

 Free to read online and download now from OBserving Law  in the Humanities Digital Library

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In this updated edition of the well-established practitioner text, Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng have brought together a team of experts in the field to provide an exhaustive treatment of electronic evidence. This fourth edition continues to follow the tradition in English evidence text books by basing the text on the law of England and Wales, with appropriate citations of relevant case law and legislation from other jurisdictions.


  1. The sources of electronic evidence (George R.S. Weir and Stephen Mason)
  2. The characteristics of electronic evidence (Burkhard Schafer and Stephen Mason)
  3. The foundations of evidence in electronic form (Stephen Mason and Daniel Seng)
  4. Hearsay (Chris Gallavin and Stephen Mason)
  5. Software code as the witness (Stephen Mason)
  6. The presumption that computers are ‘reliable’ (Stephen Mason)
  7. Authenticating electronic evidence (Stephen Mason and Allison Stanfield)
  8. Encrypted data (Stephen Mason and Alisdair Gillespie)
  9. Proof: the technical collection and examination of electronic evidence (Stephen Mason, Andrew Sheldon and Hein Dries)
  10. Competence of witnesses (Stephen Mason)

Available now:

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This book is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-
NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license

DOI: 10.14296/517.9781911507079

Edited by:

  • Stephen Mason (of the Middle Temple, Barrister) is a leading authority on electronic evidence and electronic signatures, having advised global corporations and governments on these topics. He is also the author of Electronic Signatures in Law and editor of International Electronic Evidence, founding the innovative international open access journal Digital Evidence and Electronic Signatures Law Review in 2004. Stephen is an Associate Research Fellow at the IALS and Visiting Lecturer at the School of Law, University of Tartu, Estonia.
  • Daniel Seng (Associate Professor, National University of Singapore) teaches and researches on information technology law, infocommunications law, evidence and procedure, artificial intelligence, machine learning and legal reasoning. His research interests also include empirical legal studies and quantitative research and data analytics on big data sets. Between 2001 and 2003, he was concurrently the Director of Research, Technology Law Development Group at the Singapore Academy of Law. Daniel is also a special consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization, where he has researched, delivered papers and published monographs on copyright exceptions for academic institutions, music copyright in the Asia Pacific and the liability of Internet intermediaries. He is also a non-residential fellow with the Centre for Legal Informatics (CodeX), Stanford University.

With a team of specialist contributors:

  • Dr George R. S. Weir, Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
  • Burkhard Schafer, Professor of Computational Legal Theory, School of Law, University of Edinburgh
  • Chris Gallavin, Professor of Law and Deputy pro-Chancellor, Massey University, Palmerston North
  • Dr Allison Stanfield, Principal Lawyer and Founder, SG Legal Services, Sydney, Australia
  • Alisdair Gillespie, Professor of Criminal Law and Justice and Head of the Law School, Lancaster University
  • Andrew Sheldon, MSc, Evidence Talks Limited
  • Hein Dries, Viglio Consult


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