If you’ve watched the news recently, you’ve likely seen some very prominent cases featuring digital evidence. We’re fortunate to be exposed to more and more court trials via livestream and television networks that are committed to making proceedings more accessible and transparent for the public who is interested in justice. While we sat watching, we couldn’t help but recognize exactly how important Digital Evidence Management must have been in these cases. We were not only invested in the content of the trial itself, but we also wanted to see digital evidence in action to get a “first-hand” account of how it’s used in court.  

The overwhelming thought crossing our minds was “imagine the mess this trial would be to organize without a Digital Evidence Management system.” There are hundreds of exhibits presented in these large, televised trials, and someone is responsible for keeping track of them all, making them accessible to the jury and other authorized participants, and displaying them in real-time during the trial. That’s quite the undertaking, and it seems just about impossible without a digital evidence management system.  

These public trials highlight the importance of multimedia evidence acceptance, as a vast majority of the exhibits shown are Tweets, texts, emails, audio clips, video clips, or other content from smartphones. We couldn’t help but think how useful Vault would be under these circumstances. Vault by ImageSoft was designed specifically to manage multimedia files large and small, including massive data exports, multi-page digital documents, and various forms of video. These exhibits have to travel to multiple parties throughout the process; a task that can be daunting without the right technology. For example: 

      • The attorneys need the ability to upload, store, manage, and access exhibits from discovery all the way through the closing statements. Playback or review is essential during the trial itself as lawyers call attention to various exhibits during witness testimonies, direct exams, and cross exams.  

      • Judges must be able to pull up the exhibits at any time to approve or disapprove them. They also need to see the exhibit displayed during the trial to understand what the attorneys are referencing and gather more information as the cases are presented. 

      • The jury needs access to all accepted exhibits to aid in their deliberation. Without a way to review the evidence again, they would likely forget some crucial details and be unable to confidently make a decision on the case. 

In short, digital evidence is a tool for multiple parties involved in due process, and there must be a way to manage it all.  

Now, it wouldn’t be right to discuss the importance of Digital Evidence Management in these very publicized cases without also mentioning the use of Digital Forensics. While Digital Evidence Management, well, manages the evidence, Digital Forensics involves analyzing exhibits and drawing conclusions from them. The two work hand-in-hand to make multimedia files accessible and useful in cases. It’s very common for Digital Forensics Experts to be called to the stand to discuss their findings of one or more exhibits. We always enjoy hearing these testimonies because it puts the importance of the evidence into perspective. A social media post on its own may be interesting, but it’s not until the context and implications are reported that you see its relevance to the case. It’s always interesting to see how seemingly disconnected files can come together to create an entire story, motive, and timeline of events.  

If Digital Evidence fascinates you as much as it does us, we highly suggest checking out Vault, our Digital Evidence Management solution. Vault was designed to ease the process of transitioning away from legacy systems in the court. It’s a comprehensive product that takes care of things from end-to-end. A few of the features that would be extremely beneficial in high-profile trials include: 

    • Intuitive uploading from nearly any device 

    • In-platform normalization of various complex formats 

    • Custom organization options for easy reference 

    • In-platform playback for use behind the scenes and in the courtroom 

    • Integration with existing CMS and other apps 

    • Optional add-on for redaction capabilities 

    • Automatic audit trails and interaction reporting 

If you’re looking to make your court more accessible to digitally-fueled cases, we hope you’ll consider Vault. We work closely with all customers to ensure that the solution meets your exact needs and can grow and transform with you. We encourage you to learn more about Vault’s features and technical prowess here Feel free to contact us with any outstanding questions or to request a demo with our experts.  

Digital Evidence Management Industry – $11.3 Billion by 2027

According to reports, we can expect the worldwide Digital Evidence Management market to grow to $11.3 Billion in the next 5 years. Check out this comprehensive report to learn more about trends, potential threats, opportunities, and emerging tools.

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The “3 Things To Look For” Series: Digital Evidence Management Systems

We’re back with another installment of the “3 Things to Look For” Series. We’ve previously discussed eFiling and eSignatures , two very important tools in today’s digital climate. This week, we want to focus on a growing Justice System technology, Digital Evidence Management systems. If you follow court cases at all, you’ve likely seen digital evidence in action. From videos to audio clips to emails, exhibits are more high-tech than ever before. Courts need a dependable way to store, manage, share, and playback these new formats so they can be used as evidence that will ultimately lead to justice being served.

Your One-Stop-Shop For Digital Evidence Management

Introducing Vault, ImageSoft’s Digital Evidence Management system designed to organize evidence in a cloud-based database. In this episode, CEO of ImageSoft, Scott Bade, sits down with Engineer Terry Chaudhuri to discuss Vault at a high level. Listen in as they discuss:

  • Digital Evidence Management and its challenges
  • Vault’s unique features 
  • Seamless playback in court 
  • How Vault benefits various job roles in the courts 
  • And more 

    The Impact of Digital Forensics on Legal Proceedings

    Digital Forensics and Digital Evidence Management go hand-in-hand. Digital Forensics is a rapidly growing field that involves analyzing any form of digital media to help solve crimes, build cases, and reach justice. As Digital Forensics becomes more prominent, courts, law enforcement, and attorneys will need a solid Digital Evidence Management platform to keep up. Check out this article about how Digital Forensics plays a role in the legal system.  

    What Can We Do For You?

    ImageSoft guides courts through the various challenges of becoming a paperless court. Our industry-leading solutions offer a component model methodology to automated workflows, improved speed and efficiency, reduced costs and proper compliance. 

    ImageSoft is ready to help your court system reap the benefits from digital transformation. 

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