Register open for applications Digital Forensics

It is possible to submit your application for registration for the field of expertise of Digital Forensics for the second round of assessments.

The Register of Court Experts in Criminal Cases Decree (Besluit register deskundige in strafzaken) has given the Board of the Netherlands Register of Court Experts the task of specifying requirements for each field of expertise.

On the basis of the advice by the Advisory Committee for Standards for Digital Forensics, the Board has set the standards for this field of expertise: Standards Digital Forensics. This document contains the demarcation, registration requirements and the assessment procedure.

The NRGD distinguishes the following subfields within the field of Digital Forensics:

008.1 Digital Forensics – Computer forensics
008.2 Digital Forensics – Software forensics
008.3 Digital Forensics – Database forensics
008.4 Digital Forensics – Multimedia forensics
008.5 Digital Forensics – Device forensics
008.6 Digital Forensics – Network forensics

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Why apply for registration?

The ‘Experts in Criminal Cases Act’ came into effect on 1 January 2010. Since then, commissioning parties (courts, prosecution) have had the legal obligation to provide reasons in case they appoint an expert who is not registered. The commissioning parties can use the register to quickly check whether an expert is qualified. As a registered expert you are assessed carefully by an independent expert committee. This results in a public and legal acknowledgement of your expertise.

How to apply for registration?

3.1 Application

The following documents are important for your application:

  • Standards Digital Forensics
  • Application Form
  • Statement Application Form
  • List of case information Digital Forensics
  • Checklist Application Package Digital Forensics
  • Overview Continued Professional Development
  • Certificate of Good Conduct (for Dutch applicants)

These documents are published at the website of the NRGD under Registration.

3.2 Correspondence

The NRGD will correspond with you by e-mail in Dutch or English. Please send your application to

How long will the registration procedure take?

Although we understand that it would be reassuring for you to know how long the registration procedure will take in total, this is difficult to predict.

The received applications will be assessed in clusters. For the second round, we would like to receive your initial applications (application form + case reports) before the 3th of October 2016, the other documents could follow later.

The NRGD strives to process the registration procedure as swiftly as possible. If you have any questions about the procedure you are welcome to contact one of our colleagues at the NRGD ( The NRGD will be pleased to assist you filling in your application.