USE OF MOBILE PHONE GEOLOCATION IN IRELAND'S CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS

Although the geolocation technique, known as cell site analysis, can be used to determine the location or the movement of mobile phones, it may not be precise as to determining the mobile's exact location. When cell site analyses are introduced as incriminating evidence in court proceedings, courts are concerned with the evidentiary weigh rather than the admissibility factor of such evidence. This article illustrates on what evidence can be collected through cell site analysis and their admission in Ireland's courts.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How Irish courts have dealt with cell site analysis?
What specific findings were made by the forensic expert as a result of conducted cell site analysis?
What was the court’s view of the cell site analysis based on the above expert findings?
Is cell site analysis likely to be used more often by courts in identifying the whereabouts of the relevant parties?

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