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Training on basic aspects of research involving digital evidence in Panama

Panama, April 7, 2021. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime for Central America and the Caribbean (UNODC ROPAN), through the Project to Consolidate the Criminal Procedure Reform in Panama, whose counterpart is the Judicial Branch, together with the Higher Institute of the Judiciary of Panama, Doctor Cesar Augusto Quintero Correa, inaugurated the course entitled "Basic aspects of the investigation involving digital evidence", which will be held from April 7 to May 14.

This 60-hour training will comprise asynchronous activities which include: readings, case resolution, videos and assignments uploaded to the virtual platform Blackboard of the Higher Institute of the Judiciary of Panama.

Fifty officials from the Investigation Unit of the Public Defender's Office, Victim's Defense, Public Prosecutor's Office and Judicial Investigation Directorate will participate in this activity. From this group, 25 will be selected to participate in the training for trainers in digital evidence investigation.

The objective of this training is to provide participants with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to identify the correct use of the procedure for the collection of digital evidence and the correct presentation in the process.

Some of the topics to be developed during this course will be the presentation of the legal characteristics of digital evidence; international conventions ratified by Panama on digital evidence; digital evidence in social networks and web; phases of collection, identification and securing of digital evidence; authentication, admissibility and probative value of digital evidence, among others.