5-6 December 2018

Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union


e-Justice Conference 2018 “e-Courts in Europe” took place on 5 and 6 December 2018 in Vienna and was organized by the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Member States presented their established or planned solutions to e-filing & e-delivery, electronic file systems and electronic courtrooms, artificial intelligence, digital forensics and e-CODEX. On Wednesday, 5 December, delegations were welcomed to a reception and a gala dinner at the Federal Ministry of Constitutional Affairs, Reforms, Deregulation and Justice.

Dr. Maria Angela Biasiotti, EVIDENCE2e-CODEX Project Coordinator, presented on the topic of electronic evidence and digital forensics. She introduced the electronic evidence life cycle and the main steps for evidence exchange between courts in Europe nowadays. Then, she continued with detailed explanation about the EVIDENCE2e-CODEX project, its history, goals and current stage of implementation.

EVIDENCE concept is based upon the assumption that electronic evidence is naturally linked to digital forensics. Pre-piloting the EVIDENCE proposal and achievements together and with e-CODEX for the specific purposes of allowing the secure and trusted exchange of digital evidence among EU MS in the EIO and MLA context. [For more information, please visit Matching EVIDENCE to e-CODEX Section]

Dr. Biasiotti presented further each of the four main EVIDENCE2e-CODEX actions

  • Creating a legally valid instrument to exchange digital evidence related to MLA and EIO procedures over e-CODEX by providing the legal and technical communities involved with ‘ready to use’ information on EIO, digital evidence and e-CODEX;
  • Developing a ‘true to life’ example of how electronic evidence can be shared over e-CODEX in a secure and standardized way to support MLA and EIO cases;
  • Developing first a theoretical approach for ‘large file handling’ if possible followed by a specification for the practical implementation, as digital evidence could come in ‘large size’;
  • Developing an Action plan and guidelines for EU-wide implementation of the ‘true to life’ example;

and engagement of the project partners and Member States in their development.

The presentation concluded with a showcase of the evidence exchange within the EIO and through the e-Evidence Exchange System and presentation of the Evidence Exchange Standard Application, developed by the EVIDENCE2e-CODEX project, and its main business processes.