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Digital evidence in the courtroom

The purpose of a courtroom is to administer justice, and the role of digital investigators in this context is to present supporting facts and probabilities. As such, courts depend on the trustworthiness of digital investigators and their ability to present technical evidence accurately; it is their duty to present findings in a clear, factual, and objective manner. They must resist the influence of others’ opinions and avoid jumping to conclusions. There is no place for advocacy or judgmental assertions in a digital investigator’s professional work product, whether that be testimony or expert reports.

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