Social Media as Evidence

Practice Management and Business Skills

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Social media is transforming the evidentiary landscape. This course will provide you a comprehensive overview of this rapidly developing area of law.

Social media is transforming the evidentiary landscape. Social media evidence is being increasingly utilised in many different types of legal disputes including family law, migration law, employment law, criminal law and civil litigation. This means it is essential for all lawyers to understand the fundamentals of this rapidly developing area of law.

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the topic, including:

  • What social media evidence is and how it is used;
  • Rules for discovery of electronic evidence, including social media evidence;
  • Lawyers’ obligations when advising clients with respect to social media evidence;
  • When social media evidence will be discoverable in civil proceedings; and
  • When social media evidence will be admissible as identification evidence in criminal proceedings.

The course uses a number of practical case studies to explore in depth how social media evidence has been utilised in a range of different legal proceedings.


Last Updated: February 2022

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LawCPD author: Dr. Allison Stanfield

Dr. Allison Stanfield

Dr Allison Stanfield has over 25 years' experience as a lawyer and in business, with a unique expertise in electronic evidence and ediscovery.

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What Lawyers Say

  1. 4.0/5
    Learned a lot
    I learned a lot - broad topic. It seems to warrant attention.
    - A. Kelly, Solicitor
  2. 5.0/5
    Covered the important points perfectly
    Very topical and relevant subject and this course covered the important points perfectly. It was a great starting point for lawyers new to this area of law or who encounter social media evidence in any field of law. The online format made learning easy and was an effective way of presenting this topic.
    - Tracey Jackson, Solicitor, RSPCA Queensland
  3. 5.0/5
    Spot-on case analysis!
    The level of case analysis and detail was spot on - a very interesting course.
    - John Dasey, Solicitor, Dasey Legal
  4. 5.0/5
    Perfect topic for an online course
    The course was about social media- how could an online forum not be appropriate! Easy to navigate, no problem with downloads. About the right level of detail for the suggested time to be allotted to the course.
    - Trevor Preston, State Government Department
  5. 4.0/5
    Very interesting, applicable and useful.
    Very interesting material that's applicable and useful in my daily work as a barrister - thank you!
  6. 5.0/5
    Great introduction to the cyber world.
    This course provides a great introduction to the expanses of the cyber world and its vast horizons.