A tale of two approaches – the NAS report and the law commission consultation paper on forensic science

Rhonda Wheate

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Abstract

Recent publications from the National Academy of Science (USA) and the Law Commission (UK) provide an interesting contrast in approach to well documented and historic problems with the use of “scientific" evidence in legal proceedings. The NAS recommends a thorough assessment of the scientific bases of forensic science, to discern and improve the validity of the science before it can be considered suitable for court purposes. The UK approach more tentatively examines the legal admissibility of forensic science, leaving aside the more fundamental questions as to the inherent unreliability of the evidence.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Commentary on Evidence
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • forensic science
  • criminal law

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