in Security / Events

Tech summit set to discuss digital evidence disclosure

Posted 10 June 2019 · Add Comment

Solicitor General Lucy Frazer QC and Policing Minister Nick Hurd, will today host senior police, prosecutors and representatives of the technology sector at a high-profile summit aimed at improving the disclosure of digital evidence in the criminal justice system.

The Solicitor General, Lucy Frazer QC, and the Policing Minister, Nick Hurd, will host Director of Public Prosecutions Max Hill, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave, Victims’ Commissioner Dame Vera Baird and representatives from the UK technology industry at the Law Society’s offices in London.

They will focus on the handling of digital evidence disclosure in criminal cases and consider how police and prosecutors can be supported to better handle the increasing volumes of digital evidence – to ensure victims get the justice they deserve.

This includes looking at what programmes are currently being used to decipher evidence and considering technological innovations.

Solicitor General, Lucy Frazer QC MP, said: "We need to do more to support the police and prosecutors to adapt to the increasing volume of digital material in the criminal justice system.

"The government is also determined to ensure that victims of sexual violence and all other crimes are not deterred from seeking justice because of fear of what could happen to their personal information.

"We must ensure full public confidence in the disclosure system."

Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, said: "It is vital we maintain public confidence in the police and our criminal justice system to make sure victims are not let down.

"Technological advancements have created challenges – the average mobile phone today is capable of holding the data equivalent of around five million A4 pages.

"Police recognise the need to improve and it is right that the government works with forces, prosecutors and the tech sector to make sure both victims and criminals get the justice they deserve."

The tech summit follows a disclosure review by the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox in November 2018 which found that digital evidence was not always handled correctly by police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), leading to concerns about miscarriages of justice.

The review acknowledged that increasing volumes of data stored on smart phones and other devices had significantly increased the workload of investigators and prosecutors examining digital evidence.

Attendees at the summit will include:
    Director of Public Prosecutions, Max Hill QC
    Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave
    Chief Technology Officer at the Crown Prosecution Service, Mark Gray
    Chief Technology Officer at the Serious Fraud Office, Ben Denison
    Victims’ Commissioner, Dame Vera Baird QC
    Director General of Criminal Justice Policy at the Ministry of Justice, Mark Sweeney
    Deputy Chief Constable Janette McCormick from the College of Policing
    Head of Investigations at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Melissa Mathieson
    Programme Manager at Tech UK, Jessica Russell


* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Latest News

Dstl forecasts future quantum landscape for UK defence and security

According to a research paper published by the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and in collaboration with UK Strategic Command 'Quantum Information Processing Landscape

Loganair and Blue Islands partner to connect UK regions and Channel Islands

Loganair and Blue Islands have formed an extensive partnership to offer a broad new range of regional air connections across the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

EUROCONTROL and EASA open joint office

The Director General of EUROCONTROL Eamonn Brennan and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Executive Director Patrick Ky, have together officially opened the joint EASA-EUROCONTROL Technical and Coordination Office

Alloyed wins prestigious IOP Award

Kidlington based Alloyed, the company formed from the merger of OxMet Technologies and Betatype late last year, has won the prestigious Institute of Physics (IOP) Business Start-up Award 2020.

Smart factory set to revolutionise UK's combat aircraft production

A new intelligent, smart factory is set to increase productivity and revolutionise combat aircraft production in the UK.

UK space sector to back 50 SP-INternships this summer

Despite the widespread disruption and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the UK space sector is recruiting 50 paid space internships this summer.

ODU 0201311219
See us at
DVD 2020