Lunch-Hour Seminar: Digital Evidence and the Court Record

Friday, April 12, 2019

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST

Overview of Workshop

Courts throughout the nation are now coping with the need for counsel at trial to present digital evidence, which then requires those courts to preserve it as part of their court records and later transmit it to appellate courts. This digital evidence includes data spanning a variety of audio and video file types generated from now-common sources, especially police body camera and smartphone video and audio. Although some courts have found that they can meet these needs by requiring in-court presentation of the physical media that generated the information, the ever-increasing amount of such evidence makes this strategy’s viability questionable. It is becoming more and more apparent that courts will eventually need the technological capacity—including servers and security systems—to play and store vast amounts of data in order to accommodate these evidentiary requirements. Most courts, however, currently lack these servers and security systems. What should they do?

Please join us for this online workshop, where we will examine this issue in depth and discuss the possible solutions for courts to satisfy the rapidly increasing evidentiary demands that will be made of them.

Workshop Facilitators

Matt Benefiel is currently the Court Administrator for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, which covers both Orange and Osceola Counties, and has served in that capacity since 1996. Prior to serving for the Orlando-based Circuit, Matt served eight years as the Court Administrator for the Virginia Beach, Virginia Circuit Court. As Court Administrator, Matt is responsible for the Court’s progressive implementation of advanced court technology. He earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a M.P.A.   with a specialization in Judicial Administration from the University of Southern California.

Fredric I. Lederer is Chancellor Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal & Court Technology at William & Mary Law School. He received his B.S. from New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and his J.D. from Columbia University Law School where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Columbia Law Review and recipient of the Archie O’Dawson prize. He holds an LL.M. from the University of Virginia. His post-graduate work includes a year as a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar in Freiburg, Germany. He served as an active duty member of the United States Army’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps until 1980 when he joined the William & Mary faculty. He has served as prosecutor, defense counsel, trial judge, and law reform expert.

Professor Lederer’s areas of specialization include evidence, trial practice, criminal procedure, military law, legal technology and the legal issues related to artificial intelligence and related technologies. Professor Lederer is the author or co-author of twelve books, numerous articles, two law-related education television series, and is the author of a popular series of “fairy-tale” trials for elementary and middle school students. As Founder and Director of CLCT, Professor Lederer is responsible for the McGlothlin Courtroom, the world’s most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom, and, with Martin Gruen, now CLCT’s Deputy Director Emeritus, the Court Affiliates, an organization of federal, state, and foreign courts. Working with Martin Gruen, Professor Lederer conducts legal and empirical research and provides courtroom and hearing room design consulting throughout the world.


Register for this workshop by emailing Mary Beth Poma at or by calling her at 757-221-2228. Please register by Monday, April 8, 2019.