Stephen Mason

Barrister - Conference Speaker - Author


Electronic Evidence (3rd edition)

General editor, Electronic Evidence (3rd edition, LexisNexis Butterworths, 2012)

The book was cited in the High Court of Malaya by His Honour Judge Dato’ Mohamad Ariff Bin Md. Yusof in the case of  Avnet Azure Sdn. Bh.d v Eact Technologies Sdn Bhd and Sapura Research Sdn. Bhd., KL HC Com. Div. D-22NCC439-2011 and has been reviewed by George L. Paul, Esq., in Jurimetrics, The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology, Volume 53, Number 4, (Summer 2013)



1 Sources of digital evidence George R. S. Weir and Stephen Mason
2 The characteristics of digital evidence Burkhard Schafer and Stephen Mason
3 Proof: the investigation, collection and examination of digital evidence Stephen Mason and Andrew Sheldon
4 Authenticating digital data Stephen Mason
5 Mechanical instruments: the presumption of being in order Stephen Mason
6 Encrypted data Stephen Mason
7 Using graphical technology to present evidence Dr Damian Schofield and Stephen Mason
8 Australia Allison Stanfield and Philip N Argy
9 Canada Robert J. Currie and Steve Coughlan
10 England & Wales Stephen Mason, Clive Freedman (civil disclosure) and Sandip Patel (criminal proceedings)
11 European Union Stephen Mason
12 Hong Kong Ronald Yu and David Leung
13 India Ms Manisha T. Karia and Mr Tejas D. Karia
14 Ireland Ruth Cannonand Catherine Dawson
15 New Zealand Dr Chris Gallavin
16 Scotland Iain G. Mitchell QC
17 Singapore Daniel Seng and Bryan Tan
18 South Africa Julien Hofman and Justin de Jager
19 United States of America Joesph J. Schwerha IV, John W. Bagby and Brian W. Eisner


2nd edition (2010)

Hironao Kaneko, Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, reviewed the second edition in Law and Computers, the Journal of the Law and Computers Association of Japan, No 28, July 2010, pp 144-145.

Marta Kell, senior associate, litigation, McGrigors LLP has reviewed the second edition in New Law Journal, 18 March 2011, p 406.

1st edition (2007)

Deirdre M. Dwyer of Pembroke College, Oxford reviewed the first edition of this book in International Commentary on Evidence Volume 5, Issue 2, 2007 Article 3.

Related Material:

EU Projects

I have been involved with three EU projects, the Admissibility of electronic evidence in court (AEEC) project (now finished), and the first European Certificate on Cybercrime and Electronic Evidence (ECCE). A  free e-Newsletter dealing with the topic of cybercrime began in 2009, but has, sadly, ceased. I was the editor responsible for Jurisprudence and Events. The eNewsletters that were published between July and December 2009 were available as free downloadsfrom the ENAC web site, but this web site is no longer live.

Pod casts

I discussed digital evidence in a pod cast (number 70) with Mike Semple Piggot, author of the Charon QC Blawg in July 2008, and a further pod cast (number 73) on electronic signatures.

International conference on digital evidence

The Vintners’ Hall, London 26 and 27 June 2008
Content by Stephen Mason and organization by MIS Training Institute

The papers were published in the 2008 issue of the Digital Evidence and Electronic Signature Law Review

The conference was chaired by
Stephen Mason, Barrister

Judges speaking
The Honourable Judge Francis M. Allegra, U.S. Court of Federal Claims (U.S.)
The Honourable Judge Dr. Ehab Elsonbaty, Senior Judge, Damanhour Court (Egypt)
The Honourable Judge Jumpol Pinyosinwat, Presiding Judge, Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court (Thailand)
Honourable Justice J.E. (Ted) Scanlan, Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (Canada)
Senior Master Whitaker, Senior Master of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, Queen’s Bench Division, Royal Courts of Justice & the Queens Remembrancer (England and Wales)

Esteemed speakers
Aswami Fadillah Mohd Ariffin, Head, Digital Forensics, CyberSecurity (Malaysia)
Jason R. Baron, Esq., Director of Litigation, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (U.S.)
Philippe Bazin, Avocat, Emo Hébert & Associés, Mont-Saint-Aigan (France)
Ugo Bechini, Civil Law Notary, President, Comité Francoitalien du Notariat LP (Italy) and Chairman, International Verification Task Force, Brussels (Belgium)
Johnny Bengtsson, Engineer, National Laboratory of Forensic Science (Sweden)
Zdenek Blazek, Security Manager, IT Products Group Leader and Assistant Vice-President, Commerzbank AG (Czech Republic)
Michael Colao, Global CISO and Director Information Management, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (U.K.)
Janet Day, IT Director, Berwin Leighton Paisner (U.K.)
Thomas M. Dunlap, Managing Partner, Dunlap, Grubb & Weaver, PLLC (U.S.)
Dr Patrick J Galea, Advocate, Patrick J Galea & Associates (Malta)
Esther George, Senior Policy Adviser, CPS HQ Policy Directorate (U.K.)
Izwan Iskandar Ishak, Senior Executive, Strategic Policy & Legal Research, CyberSecurity Malaysia (Malaysia)
Chen Jihong, Partner, Zhonglun W&D Law Firm (China)
Ismo Kallioniemi, Specialist Partner, Head of Corporate Criminal Liabilities Team, Hannes Snellman Attorneys at Law Limited, Helsinki (Finland)
Hironao Kaneko, Associate Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology (Japan)
Mr Tejas Karia, Principal Associate, Amarchand & Mangaldas and Suresh A Shroff & Co (Advocates & Solicitors), New Delhi (India)
Charles Leacock, QC, Director of Public Prosecutions (Barbados)
Bogdan Manolea, Executive Director, Association for Technology and Internet (Romania)
Daniel W. Perry, an attorney, former judge, and a US civil-law notary (U.S.)
Dr. Henriette Picot, IT Practice Group, Bird & Bird, Munich (Germany)
Gunnar Þór Þórarinsson, District Court Attorney (Iceland)
Romain Robert, Attorney, Dewolf & Partners, Brussels (Belgium)
Joseph J. Schwerha IV, TraceEvidence LLC and Schwerha & Associates, Associate Professor, Department of Business and Economics, California University of Pennsylvania (U.S.)
Andrew Sheldon, Director and Principal Consultant, Evidence Talks Limited (U.K.)
Peter Sommer, Visiting Professor, Information Risk and Security, Department of Management, London School of Economic and Political Science and Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, Open University (U.K.)
Professor John Walker, CTO, Secure-Bastion, Visiting Professor of Science and Technology, School of Computing and Informatics at Nottingham Trent University (U.K.)
Edward Wilding, Director, Data Genetics International Limited (U.K.)

Dr Stephen Castell, Chairman, CASTELL Consulting
Michael Colao, Global CISO & Director Information Management, Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein
Paul Hopkins, Head of Network Vulnerability Intelligence, e-Security Group, University of Warwick (U.K.)
Claire Lipworth, Partner, Peters & Peters
Iain G. Mitchell, QC, Murray Stable, Edinburgh
Steven Philippsohn, PCB Litigation LLP
John Ross, Chief Architect, Evidence Europe Limited
Peter Susman, QC, Henderson Chambers


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