The UK Government has disclosed plans to conduct a pilot project for storing digital evidence on a blockchain.
The initiative was revealed in an announcement by Balaji Anbil, Head of Digital Architecture and Cyber Security at Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) under the Ministry of Justice.
In the announcement, Anbil revealed that the HMCTS push to look into distributed ledger technology forms a major part of the body’s court reform plan. HMCTS and the UK Cabinet Office Open Innovation team held a joint meeting to this end, with the aim of establishing how blockchains and digital ledgers can assist court reforms.
Providing technical expertise at the meeting was Dr. Sadek Ferdous, Technology Policy Fellow and Research Associate at Imperial College, London. He explained to participants that the decentralized nature of distributed ledgers gives them a very high level of integrity and enables innovative data solutions.
He went further to explain how blockchains can help in digital evidence management by creating a foolproof audit trail that tracks custody and prevents tampering. This audit trail essentially forms that basis for the court system’s record of the creation, modification and access to digital evidence by what entity.