MIL-OSI UK: What is the approach to forensic science in other jurisdictions?

Source: British Parliament News

11 January 2019
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee continues to hear evidence about the use of forensic science in courts in England and Wales and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session
The Committee will question Dr Sheila Willis, former Director-General of Forensic Science Ireland, the national forensic laboratory of the Republic of Ireland. Dr Willis is currently a guest researcher at the United States of America’s National Institute of Standards Technology.
The Committee will ask what structures are in place in the Republic of Ireland, the U.S. and other countries that enable the most needed research in forensic science. The Committee will also explore approaches that successfully provide a current source of responsive, independent, balanced and accessible analysis of emerging science and technology to those involved in criminal investigations.
Witness
Tuesday 15 January in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
At 3.25pm
Dr Sheila Willis, Guest Researcher, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Possible questions
Where are the gaps in forensic science research and in the understanding of forensic science evidence given your experiences in various jurisdictions?
The Committee has heard in written and oral evidence about the value of a ‘sterile corridor’ between investigators and the delivery of forensic science. To what degree is this achieved in other jurisdictions and in your view what challenges does having a separation of this nature create, and address?
Are there any lessons from the way the forensic science market operates in other jurisdictions that can learned for England and Wales?
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Senior judges discuss use of forensic science

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13 December 2018
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee question senior judges about the use of forensic science in courts in England and Wales and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session
The Committee will ask the witnesses how judges can ensure that the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence presented in court has a firm scientific basis. The Committee will also ask whether there are effective channels for the communication of advice on science and technology to the judiciary.
Witnesses
Tuesday 18 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
At 4.25pm
Lord Hughes of Ombersley, former Justice of the Supreme Court
His Honour Judge Wall QC, Circuit Judge
Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Head of Criminal Justice
Possible questions
What is the level of understanding of forensic science within the Criminal Justice System amongst lawyers, judges and juries?
When a case that relies on forensic evidence comes before you how do you ensure that any expert witness is sufficient qualified to speak about the subject?
Is enough being done to prepare for the increasing role that digital forensics will have in the Criminal Justice System in the future?
Is there a source of responsive and ongoing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of science and technology in relation to legal issues available to the judiciary?
Further information
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee to ask senior judges about use of forensic science

Source: British House Of Lords News

13 December 2018
The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee question senior judges about the use of forensic science in courts in England and Wales and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session
The Committee will ask the witnesses how judges can ensure that the analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence presented in court has a firm scientific basis. The Committee will also ask whether there are effective channels for the communication of advice on science and technology to the judiciary.
Witnesses
Tuesday 18 December in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster
At 4.25pm
Lord Hughes of Ombersley, former Justice of the Supreme Court
His Honour Judge Wall QC, Circuit Judge
Sir Brian Leveson, President of the Queen’s Bench Division and Head of Criminal Justice
Possible questions
What is the level of understanding of forensic science within the Criminal Justice System amongst lawyers, judges and juries?
When a case that relies on forensic evidence comes before you how do you ensure that any expert witness is sufficient qualified to speak about the subject?
Is enough being done to prepare for the increasing role that digital forensics will have in the Criminal Justice System in the future?
Is there a source of responsive and ongoing independent, balanced and accessible analysis of science and technology in relation to legal issues available to the judiciary?
Further information
Image: Parliamentary copyright

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