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Forensic Practice in Criminal Cases

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ISBN13: 9781853288210
ISBN: 1853288217
Published: December 2003
Publisher: Law Society Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £54.00

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Recent high profile cases have highlighted how forensic evidence can no longer be regarded as unassailable. As forensic practice and procedure becomes increasingly complex, lawyers, the police and the courts need to develop a better understanding of the evidence in order to effectively prosecute or defend criminal cases.

This is a practical guide to understanding the uses, strengths and limitations of forensic practice. Advised by experts and written by lawyers in a modern, accessible style, Forensic Practice in Criminal Cases takes readers through the nature and uses of forensic evidence and explores specific areas of expertise. The book offers practical coverage of:;- the types of forensic investigation which should be carried out;- how investigations can go wrong;- what further investigations need to be carried out;- what documentary records of the investigation should exist;- how to instruct a forensic scientist to provide or challenge scientific evidence.

This is the only work dedicated to forensic practice within the context of criminal law. It will be welcomed by criminal lawyers, judges, magistrates, students, police officers and anyone interested in the criminal justice system.

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Evidence, Criminal Law, Police and Public Order Law
Section A: Crime Scene Investigation, Forensic Examination, and Presentation of Findings:
1. Forensic evidence: its nature, uses, types and importance
2. Forensic investigation: the people involved in the investigation of the scene
3. Forensic investigation: police training and awareness, and the process of identifications
4. The process of examining the crime scene
5. Documentation of examination, removal, and submission of contact trace material (CTM) and other material and objects
6. The collection, removal and submission of forensic material for examination
7. The forensic scientist
8. The forensic scientist working for the prosecution
9. The forensic scientist working for the defence
10. Finding a defence forensic expert
11. Defence investigation of the crime scene
12. Forensic evidence: pre-trial
13. Forensic evidence in court

Section B: Understanding Areas of Forensic Speciality:
14. Drugs, toxicology, and related areas of expertise
15. Footwear impressions and instrument marks
16. Contact trace and other particulates: fibres, glass, and paint
17. DNA blood and hair
18. Firearms
19. Traffic accident investigators
20. Questioned document examiners
21. Fingerprints
22. Forensic physicians
23. Forensic odontologists
24. Forensic pathologists
25. Forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology
26. Forensic linguists
27. Veterinary science
28. Fire investigators
29. Forensic accountancy
30. Computer crime and related matters
31. Facial mapping, closed circuit television (CCTV), video, and image enhancement
32. Forensic anthropology
33. Forensic archaeology

Section C: Appendices