Criminal and Forensic (Webinar)

Understanding the capabilities and capacities of digital forensics within the criminal law context 

About this webinar

Forensic evidence is becoming increasingly important during court proceedings. This seminar will address the uncertain- ties surrounding forensics, including what you need to know about bail applications and general aspects relating to criminal law. .

The programme will include:

  • Forensic evidence in general and cross-examination of expert witnesses.
  • Admission of Guilt Fines – with special attention to fines imposed during lockdown in terms of the Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002.
  • Bail applications including bail appeals.
  • Cannabis and how to unravel the grey areas of the law – subsequent to the Constitutional Court Judgment of Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince (Clarke and Others Intervening); National Director of Public Prosecutions and Others v Rubin; National Director of Public Prosecutions and others v Acton  2018 (6) SA 393 (CC) and Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill (B19 of 2020).
  • Search and seizure notices focusing on the rights of an accused.
  • Section 252A trap operations of the Criminal Procedure Act 51 of 1977 (CPA).
  • Presentation and admissibility of WhatsApp as evidence.
  • Preserving a chain of custody with digital evidence.
  • What data can you expect from a cellular ‘dump’ and how to interpret it.
  • MetaData analysis and its importance within the evidentiary framework.


WILLIAM BOOTH is a Criminal Defence Attorney. Mr Booth was the Chairperson of the former Cape Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee and is currently the Chairperson of the Law Society of South Africa’s (LSSA) Criminal Law Committee. Mr Booth also serves on the LSSA’s Legal Aid Committee.

CRAIG PEDERSEN is a seasoned professional with over twenty years’ experience in the information technology, commercial security and intelligence and investigations fields. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and Certified Cyber Crime Investigator (CCCI). With over 20 years’ Information Technology experience, of which over 10 years has been in the forensics area. Mr Pedersen heads up the Digital Forensics component of The Computer Guyz, a 21-year-old ICT Company with offices in Cape Town and Pretoria. In addition to writing, he presents courses and lectures extensively to attorneys, advocates, auditors, and investigators across South Africa.


Webinar dates: 27 and 28 October 2020, 10:00 – 12:30 (Two hour presentations and 30 minutes for questions)
Closing date for registrations: 23 October 2020

All sessions are mandatory to qualify for a certificate.

Who should register?

All practising legal practitioners (attorneys, advocates and candidates) and non-practising legal practitioners, and those who have an interest in criminal law and forensic evidence..

Cost of webinar

Practising Legal Practitioners: R 1 200.00 (including VAT) per participant
Candidate Legal Practitioners: R 900.00 (including VAT)per participantConfirmation of attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Register as soon as possible to secure your space.
How to register

Kindly note that you can only register online and that there are limited places available. Participants should be registered individually to enable the system to generate a unique username and password for each person.

Payment should be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) only. Remember to upload the proof of payment (PDF) in step 2 (Online registration form)LSSA banking details: Account name: Law Society of South Africa | Bank: FNB Pretoria | Branch code: 251445 | Account no: 6200 9641 079 | Reference Surname, name and cell number


Once you have successfully registered to participate, you will receive confirmation that LEAD has received your registration documentation. You will receive a system-generated e-mail with a  Microsoft Teams link to the webinar at least 24 hours before the webinar starts. Read the instructions in the e-mail carefully and test your Microsoft Teams link to the webinar page at least 20 minutes before it starts.
For more information about this webinar contact the LEAD Seminar Department:

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Please take note

  • The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA) will not accept liability if the fees are not paid into the designated LSSA bank account.
  • The webinar will be conducted in English only.
  • Should you need to cancel your registration, this must be done in writing within two business days before the closing date to avoid the full fee being charged.

Course Dates

Webinar date: 27 & 28 October  2020, 10:00 – 12:30
Closing date for registrations: 26 October 2020
Practising Legal Practitioners: R 1 200.00 (including VAT) per participant
Candidate Legal Practitioners: R 900.00 (including VAT)per participant


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