Report on Prima Facie Size of the Market

The main purpose of Deliverable D7.1 ‘Report on Prima Facie Size of the Market is the identification and classification of the main types of actors involved in the social arena of electronic evidence.

The study took into the account the categorization carried out within the EVIDENCE Framework, in particular WP2, offering a specific contribution, which could possibly be used in further project activities. The study tried to identify the types of actors that play a role in electronic evidence and its presence in judicial systems (especially, but not exclusively, in the criminal field) and, more generally, in the social, political, and economic life of our societies.

The following phenomena were studied, by the analysis of statistics and documents, and several qualitative interviews and talks:

  • The types of actors involved in the introduction of electronic evidence in courts (on a national, European, or global scale, depending on the case).
  • A prima facie estimate, based on existing information, of the market of electronic evidence (quantitative assessment of the various types of actors; current expenditure on technological solutions in the field of electronic evidence).

The approach used was sociological, albeit within an interdisciplinary framework, taking into account some fundamental categorizations produced especially within the legal field and in technological studies.

What emerges, in general terms, is a highly dynamic picture, due to the increasing digitalization of more and more aspects of social life, including justice, the vitality of technological research and products in the field, European policies in this area and a range of social actors in the electronic evidence arena. It is, in any case, a field of research which should be developed, which EVIDENCE can investigate or for which specific research initiatives can be recommended in the future.

Further research could involve:

  • A reflection on the types of electronic evidence actors;
  • Fine-tuning of the map presented in Deliverable D7.1;
  • Identification of possible further avenues of research on electronic evidence actors as a whole and their relations;
  • Specific research on the orientations and the different mode of action of the types of actors identified;
  • Further study of the dynamic of supply and demand for technologies and services in the field of electronic evidence.

Therefore, the future phase of Work Package 7 would contribute to a better understanding of the social arena of electronic evidence and the existing possibilities of the impact EVIDENCE proposals could have. This would be map of actual and potential obstacles and facilitating factors met in the innovative process of introducing/consolidating electronic evidence in court.