Legal

New development in Richards’ Case

A San Bernardino man convicted of murder in part because of discredited forensic evidence will have his case reviewed again by the California Supreme Court. more...

Forensics have ‘bit between the teeth’ after serious flaws discovered

The case of an innocent man’s teeth marks have taken a bite out of the reputation of the U.S. Forensic Service. This follows forensic evidence claiming a match between his teeth and those of the perpetrator having been discredited after 19 years. The case of Gerard Richardson, who spent 19 years in a New Jersey jail for a murder in 1994 only to be exonerated more...

REF offers ‘opportunity’ for forensic science, says review

Research in forensic science will not have to suffer from the closure of the Forensic Science Service since there is an opportunity to demonstrate its impact and importance in the upcoming Research Excellence Framework. The suggestion was made in a review of Research and Development in Forensic Science, published on 30 June by Bernard Silverman, chief scientific more...

UK Supreme Court – No more expert witness immunity

For some time the UK Supreme Court have been deciding a case regarding the immunity of expert witnesses (the original case can be read here). The final judgement in the Jones v Kaney case has been released today.  The full judgement is available here but there is an interesting commentary written by one the barristers (representing the successful appelant, Mr more...

UK Experts held to time line

Will a decision from the Midlands Circuit Family Division spread across England?  The new practice direction, which comes into effect from 1st May is designed to prevent the instruction of experts if they are unable to provide a report within 3 months.  This seems a sensible, but perhaps in smaller forensic disciplines, a problematic approach. Unacceptable delay is more...

A UK Daubert?

A Daubert for the UK? Law Commission Reports on Expert Witness Testimony.  Yesterday the Law Commission published its proposals on reforming the use of expert evidence in England.  The work began in 2009 with a consultation paper and concludes with a report that looks closely at systems around the world, not least the gatekeeper functions described within Daubert, FRE more...