When we talk about computer forensics and investigations, the question that crops up is; will the legal aid agency fund my case? In most cases, if you are in receipt of a legal aid certificate, your solicitor can ask the LAA if the certificate will cover the cost. Once approved, from the Legal Aid Agency these are the steps we take to ensure all paperwork is correct and the examination can be completed without complications.
Step 1 We will ask your solicitor to provide us with a copy of: The prosecution report Counsel's advice Defence statement Copy of the indictment
Step 2 All paperwork is thoroughly read and digested so we know what the prosecutions intentions are and, if they have followed the correct procedures. It also gives us an insight to what tools they have used to perform their investigation. This can be key in some cases because of limitations in the software etc..
Step 3 A quotation will be provided to your solicitor for submission to the LAA. Prior authority is usually granted within 5-10 days dependant on the volume of submissions the Legal Aid Agency are dealing with. Urgent submissions can be dealt with within a shorter time-frame. Whilst we are waiting for prior authority to come through, we will chase the location of the exhibits and put steps in place to aid the collection by one of our staff unless we do the imaging on-site.
Step 4 3EF will complete the examination taking in to account counsel's advice. A report will be written with our findings and sent to your solicitor and Counsel if requested. Any additional work will have to go through the same process.
Computer forensics can be quite complex in some cases but, in your defence, we aim to make the process as smooth as uncomplicated as possible.