find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Scientists help litigators master metadata evidence

Scientists help litigators master metadata evidence


With the mandatory metadata retention laws passed, courtrooms may soon be flooded with new data-based evidence that lawyers and judges must learn to process.

Maintaining a strong cross-disciplinary dialogue between forensic scientists and lawyers is essential to adapting to the change, according to David Caruso (pictured), a lecturer at Adelaide Law School.

“Metadata as a concept is something unfamiliar to lawyers,” Mr Caruso said.

“It is important for us to rely on our colleagues and our links with those who have a better awareness of what metadata entails, who are closer to that field, so we as the legal community can be cognisant and brought up to speed as soon as possible.”

Mr Caruso organised the International Conference on Evidence Law and Forensic Science, running in Adelaide this week.

The conference, which is being held outside China for the first time, will be attended by 300 delegates from 15 countries.

During a pre-conference workshop on 20 July delegates witnessed a mock trial, which demonstrated the examination and cross-examination of an expert witness using a metadata scenario.

The role-play showed a conflict of evidence between experts about the time that documents relevant to a particular legal dispute were created.

The purpose of this mock trial, as well as the series of discussions on metadata throughout the conference, is to help lawyers and scientists “understand each other’s language”, according to Mr Caruso.

“Lawyers need to understand precisely what metadata is and the sciences behind gathering and using that in courts,” he said.

The conference aims to expand lawyers’ knowledge of the strengths and limitations of traditional forms of evidence, such as fingerprint and handwriting analysis, but also less-familiar techniques such as metadata analysis and data recovery from the cloud.

“Law is increasingly relying on forensic science for proof,” Mr Caruso said.

“Forensic sciences … provide the brains, the analysis and the know-how for proving those matters that we depend on to come to a legal outcome. [Lawyers] need to understand how the science works.”

The conference, hosted by the University of Adelaide in partnership with the China University of Political Science and Law, will feature talks by the Chief Justice of Australia, Robert French; Chief Justice of South Australia, Chris Kourakis; and Chief Justice of Tanzania, Mohamed Othman.

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

Scientists help litigators master metadata evidence
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Dec 18 2017
Summer in the city
Across Australia, a number of law students have kicked off their commercial law aspirations with the...
Dec 18 2017
‘Exorbitant legal fees’ under government microscope
With the growing number of class action proceedings in Australia, the government is looking at how ...
Funds, money, cash
Dec 18 2017
Law Access WA receives welcome funding
Law Access Western Australia has received a grant from the state government to fund its pro bono leg...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...