House of Lords Forensic Science Select Committee Publications

The select committee from the House of Lords yesterday published written evidence from forensic practitioners within the UK.

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Forensic science cuts increasing risk of miscarriages of justice, watchdog warns

Cuts to forensic science work are increasing the risk of miscarriages of justice, an official watchdog has warned.

Innocent people could be wrongly convicted or criminals could walk free if crucial evidence is missed due to falling standards in the sector, said Forensic Science Regulator Gillian Tully.

Police forces are spending less on in-house forensic practices, while outsourcing is driving “more and more money” out of the system, she added.

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Source: The Independent

Accused kidnapper's lawyers seek to bar testimony from experts

Prosecutors plan to bring in at least 10 experts to testify at the trial of accused kidnapper and killer Brendt Christensen, according to his lawyers, in topics ranging from fingerprint analysis and electronic forensics to canine cadaver searches and Chinese culture. But if his lawyers have their way, none of them will be able to testify.

They filed a motion this week to bar any expert testimony by the government, arguing that prosecutors failed to provide them with analyses of forensic evidence by the court-ordered Dec. 15 deadline.

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Source: The News Gazette

Source: The News Gazette