Forensic Science Evidence

Forensic Science Evidence : Best Practices for Law

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Improved usage of forensic science evidence by legal practitioners is essential to reduce miscarriages of justice. This book presents critical insights into contemporary issues of forensic proof from a broad perspective. Using DNA and fingerprint evidence, the authors compare and contrast the science of forensics and how it is communicated to judges, juries, and counsel. With authors from Australia, the UK, and the U.S., the book also addresses how these different countries address science in the courtroom. This resource is ideal for all those who work in forensic capacities, including those scientists who increasingly are called to testify abroad.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 260 pages
  • 156 x 235mm
  • Oakville, Canada
  • English
  • 25 Illustrations, black and white
  • 1482227258
  • 9781482227253

Table of contents

Introduction to Forensic Science and Evidence
The Forensic Sciences
Characteristics of the Adversarial Legal System
Forensic Science at the Investigative and Evidentiary Stages
When Forensic Science Goes Wrong
Fingerprint Science and Evidence
Collection of Fingerprint Evidence from Crime Scenes
Analysis and Interpretation of Fingerprint Evidence
Training and Performance of Fingerprint Analysts
When Fingerprints Incriminate the Wrong Person
DNA Science and Evidence
Collection of DNA Evidence from Crime Scenes
Profiling and Interpretation of DNA Evidence
Training and Performance of Analysts and Laboratories
When DNA Incriminates the Wrong Person
Forensic Scientific Evidence in the Courts
Admissibility of Forensic Evidence
Presentation of Forensic Science Evidence by Experts and Lawyers
Juror and Judge Perceptions and Understanding of Forensic Evidence
Improving Forensic Science and Evidence
Improvements at the Investigative Stage
Improvements at the Evidentiary Stage
Improvements at the Adjudicative Stage
Enhancing Legal Professionals' Understanding
Enhancing Lay People's Understanding
Best Practice Lessons for Lawyers
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