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EJN Fiches Belges on Electronic Evidence – National Legal and practical information provided by the Contact Points


EU Instruments and Guides

SIRIUS Platform: SIRIUS is a restricted platform on the Europol Platform for Experts offering a variety of services to law enforcement and judicial authorities, to help with accessing data from Online Service Providers. See also SIRIUS EU Digital Evidence Situation Report 2021

Presentation of the e-Evidence Digital Exchange System and e-Evidence package by the European Commission

Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU on European Production and Preservation Orders for electronic evidence in criminal matters (proposal)

Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council of the EU laying down harmonised rules on the appointment of legal representatives for the purpose of gathering evidence in criminal proceedings.

Commission Staff Working Document Impact Assessment

Council conclusions on improving criminal justice in cyberspace

Security Union – Facilitating access to electronic evidence – April 2018 – European Commission Explanation

Council conclusions on the European Judicial Cybercrime Network

Council of Europe

Council of Europe: The Use of Electronic Evidence in Civil and Administrative Law Proceedings and its effect on the rules of evidence and modes of proof

Directorate General of Human Rights and Rule of Law, Cyber Crime Division (Funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe but implemented by the Council of Europe – 2014) : Electronic Evidence Guide: a basic guide for police officers, prosecutors and judges).

Council of Europe convention on Cyber Crime

United Nations

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: Practical Guide for Requesting Electronic Evidence Across Borders – access should be granted by UNODC.

UNODC Electronic Evidence Section provides an overview of different type of resources (laws, jurisprudence, bibliographic abstracts, policies etc.) adopted at national and regional levels to regulate the collection, use and admissibility of electronic evidence in legal proceedings. Can be also accessed through SHERLOC Electronic Evidence Hub.

SHERLOC Electronic Evidence Hub - jurisprudence and national laws relevant to electronic evidence. It also hosts practical resources developed in cooperation with experts and practitioners, including model forms on preservation and disclosure of data; model requests for mutual legal assistance of stored electronic evidence and/or real-time collection of traffic data; Data Disclosure Framework that outlines practices developed by international service providers in responding to overseas government requests for data and other resources.


Euromed Justice

EuroMed Police Digital Evidence Manual - Practical Guide for Requesting Electronic Evidence from Service Providers

Country Guides

United States

List of US Online Service Providers (updated periodically):

Investigative guide for obtaining electronic evidence from the United States:

Cloud Act legislation

Department of Justice on Cloud Act:

State of Nebraska – Judicial Branch (US) – Guidelines for Electronic Evidence

United Kingdom

Association of Chief Police Officers (United Kingdom): ACPO Good Practice Guide for Digital Evidence – March 2012


Germany “Network Enforcement Act” – name a legal representative in Germany for providers

Caribbean Countries

Electronic Evidence: Assessment Report – HIPCAR – Harmonization of ICT Policies, Legislation and Regulatory Procedures in the Caribbean (financed by the EU)

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