The Arizona court system will become the first in the nation to implement new digital evidence management technology later this year.
The platform is called the Digital Evidence Center and it comes from Thomson Reuters, a Toronto-based media company. It will be used to organize and annotate evidence, present it in court and store it securely in the cloud.
This move to a hybrid evidence system, with less physical evidence and more digital, is imperative with the “exploding amount of digital evidence” from cell phones and body cams, said David Byers, the director of the administrative office of courts in Arizona.
The system is still being configured, but it will initially roll out in three limited jurisdiction courts and the superior courts of Maricopa, Pima and Mohave counties. The remaining courts in the state, about 180 in total, will access the new system over the next year.