UK Ministry of Justice Explores Blockchain as a Tool to Secure Digital Evidence

The U.K. government is exploring blockchain technology as a potential tool for securing digital forms of evidence.
The goal of the exploration is the use of the technologies capabilities to simplify court processes in terms of handling digital evidence, according to the head of digital architecture and cybersecurity at the Justice Ministry. Balaji Anbil.

The test is being conducted by Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS), and according to Anbil, a collaborative group working on the blockchain convened its first meeting on the project.

On the blog post released on Thursday, Anbil commented that “as an architectural style, distributed ledgers enable new innovative data solutions that support both high degrees of integrity and [decentralization].”
Anbil added:
“At HMCTS, we are passionate about the application of novel solutions to traditional challenges including evidence sharing, identity management and ensuring citizens have maximum control over their own information. Our service designs are focused on value, simplicity and use of the best modern technology approaches. This brings numerous benefits including cost effective and timely delivery and future proof solutions.”

Anbil went on to say that some European Union nations have already be utilizing the tech, he wanted to point that Estonia has “developed innovative citizen identity management solutions using blockchain.”

The HMCTS will explore the technology and its capability to share inter-agency evidence by the end year.
Alistair Davidson, a technical architecture lead at the Ministry, stated in a separate blog:
“This property of distributing trust could be genuinely transformational in situations where public trust of government might not be taken for granted.”