Australian Digital Forensics Conference

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


School of Computer and Information Science, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia


Forensic science must satisfy two needs; that of the scientific community and that of the legal profession. It is hoped that the legal and scientific outcomes should be based on one and the same thing. Science, Technology and Law depend upon the establishment of a reliable basis of fact. But in the Court it is the law that finally decides what is fact, what is opinion and what the truth should be. This paper looks at the role of the Forensic Practitioner’s requirement for understanding the science, the technology and the law. It endeavours to explain the reasons, using cases, as to why Forensic Practitioners need to know the methodology, technicalities and jurisprudence in relation to their expertise.


Originally published in the Proceedings of the 8th Australian Digital Forensics Conference, Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia, November 30th 2010