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Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony: Reliability Through Reform?

Edited by: Paul Roberts, Michael Stockdale

ISBN13: 9781788111027
Published: November 2018
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £120.00

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Forensic science evidence plays a pivotal role in modern criminal proceedings. Yet such evidence poses intense practical and theoretical challenges. It can be unreliable or misleading and has been associated with miscarriages of justice. In this original and insightful book, a global team of prominent scholars and practitioners explore the contemporary challenges of forensic science evidence and expert witness testimony from a variety of theoretical, practical and jurisdictional perspectives. Chapters encompass the institutional organisation of forensic science, its procedural regulation, evaluation and reform, and brim with comparative insight.

Introduction: Forensic Science, Evidential Reliability and Institutional Reform
Paul Roberts and Michael Stockdale
1. Making Sense of Forensic Science Evidence
Paul Roberts
2. Re-assessing Reliability
Gary Edmond
3. Admissibility, Reliability and Common Law Epistemology
Tony Ward
4. Regulating Forensic Science
Gillian Tully
5. Clarifying the ‘Reliability’ Continuum and Testing its Limits: Biometric (Fingerprint and DNA) Expert Evidence
Sophie Carr, Angela Gallop, Emma Piasecki, Gillian Tully, and Tim J Wilson
6. Re-examining the ‘Reliability’ of Forensic Pathology Evidence
Tim J Wilson, Adam Jackson, Angela Gallop and Emma Piasecki
7. Reliability by Procedural Rule Reform? Expert Evidence and the Civil-Criminal-Family Procedure Rules Trichotomy
Michael Stockdale
8. Expert Evidence Law Reform in Ireland
Liz Heffernan
9. Regulating Expert Evidence in US Courts: Measuring Daubert’s Legacy
Edward J Imwinkelried
10. A New Canadian Paradigm? Judicial Gatekeeping and the Reliability of Expert Evidence
Emma Cunliffe
11. Reliability and Reform of Expert Evidence in Malaysia’s Developmental State: Putting the Cart before the Horse?
Salim Farrar and Mohd Munzil Bin Muhamad
12. Forensic Science Evidence in Non-adversary Criminal Justice Systems
Joëlle Vuille
13. ‘All We Need to Know’? Questioning Transnational Scientific Evidence
Carole McCartney and Rick Graham