Social media as evidence

Course ID ID18068_LIT

  • Online
  • 1
  • Foundation

Hear about the key aspects of social media as evidence including recent cases, issues, the Evidence Act and collecting social media as evidence, from electronic evidence expert, Dr Allison Stanfield.


Full Price $120.00

Alumni/Member Price $108.00


Start date:

01 April 2018

End date:

31 March 2019

About This Course


This seminar presentation will focus on

Issues with social media as evidence:

  • Jurisdiction
  • Collecting & retaining evidence
  • Adducing social media as evidence

The Evidence Act

  • How is social media categorised under the Evidence Act?
  • Is social media real evidence, documentary evidence, or both?
  • Is social media hearsay?
  • Can social media fall within one of the exceptions to the rule against hearsay?

Collecting social media as evidence:

  • How can you collect social media as evidence?
  • Can you use an end user's copy of the evidence?
  • Do you need to obtain the evidence from the provider?


  • What if the evidence is located in another jurisdiction - how do you obtain the evidence?
  • Do you need to commence proceedings in another jurisdiction?


  • What are the courts saying about social media as evidence?


Designed for

This seminar complies with the mandatory requirement of Substantive Law.



Presenter biography

Dr Allison Stanfield

Principal SG Legal

Allison is the principal of SG Legal, a firm specialising in business & technology law. Allison's business law skills are enhanced by her entrepreneurial endeavours, having set up and run businesses, and her technology law skills stem from her years advising clients in computer forensics and electronic litigation.

Prior to establishing SG Legal Services, Allison founded, a niche legal technology business, which she started in 1999 when this unique field was first emerging. Using her background as a lawyer and former court Registrar, Allison focused on the legal and technology components of the business to build, and eventually sell, the business. During her time with, Allison ran a number of large e.trials and e.discovery matters including the Oswal v ANZ litigation, the HIH Royal Commission, the Channel 7 v News Limited litigation and several large class actions, to name a few.

In 2015, Allison gained her PhD in the authentication of electronic evidence, and continues to write and publish on the topic.



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