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My mother is about to attend court over a car which was written off by a lorry.

The CCTV video recording of the accident was mishandled, such as the storage SD card not being imaged, it was also allegedly inserted into a regular computer which then corrupted the storage medium from a virus which personally I do not believe, but either way we still have not been provided with an image and we will not get one.

It would help a lot if I could provide a quote from a real court case where a DIY-er (someone with no experience attempting to collect evidence) does one of the following:

1) Damages the evidence making it useless as they tried to recover it without help of a professional

2) Even if done properly the judge is not happy that it was not done by a professional

I read a book called Computer Forensics for Dummies with the above two examples, however I have been unable to find them (probably due to stress) and am running out of time! I also tried using PDF version and searching for words to no avail.

Preferably UK law, however USA or other countries would be fine. Thank you so much in advance!

  • Does the book give any names or citations for the examples? – Patrick Conheady Jun 27 '16 at 12:22
  • It's called "spoliation" in the US, and there is a lot of case law involving inexperienced people causing spoliation of evidence, regardless of type. This may be helpful – Dan May 23 '17 at 18:42

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