The Law Society Gazette published an article written by Jane Colston and Anupreet Amole titled "Fruit from a poisoned tree: unlawfully obtained evidence." This article discusses whether information obtained unlawfully from computer hacking should be admitted as evidence in court.
From the article:
"Increasingly, the courts are being asked to consider whether information obtained unlawfully from computer hacking should be admitted as evidence.
Currently, in English civil proceedings, there is no rule of law that evidence must be excluded because it has been obtained illegally and improperly. In fact, over the years, English judges have made it clear that they are more concerned about vindicating the truth with the aid of relevant evidence, rather than excluding such evidence on the grounds that it has been improperly obtained. In short, if it is relevant, it is likely to be admissible although the court will decide how much weight to give it in each case and can compel disclosure of all documents relating to the gathering of the evidence in the first place."
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