Aims to provide a map of the landscape of forensic science within the criminal justice system of the UK. This book presents the essential features of the subject, covering the disciplinary, technological, organizational and legislative resources that are brought together to make up contemporary forensic science practice.
Forensic science has become increasingly important within contemporary criminal justice, from criminal investigation through to courtroom deliberations, and an increasing number of agencies of individuals are having to engage with its contribution to contemporary justice. This Handbook aims to provide an authoritative map of the landscape of forensic science within the criminal justice system of the UK. It sets out the essential features of the subject, covering the disciplinary, technological, organizational and legislative resources that are brought together to make up contemporary forensic science practice. It is the first full-length publication which reviews forensic science in a wider political, economic, social, technological and legal context, identifying emerging themes on the current status and potential future of forensic science as part of the criminal justice system. With contributions from many of the leading authorities in the field it will be essential reading for both students and practitioners.
Preface; 1 The contemporary landscape of forensic science, Jim Fraser (University of Strathclyde) and Robin Williams (University of Durham); Part 1 Forensic Science Practice Introduction, Jim Fraser and Robin Williams Section 1 Identifying individuals; 2 The current status of DNA profiling in the UK, Peter Gill (University of Oslo and University of Strathclyde) and Tim Clayton (Consultant Forensic Scientist); 3 Fingerprints, Christophe Champod (University of Lausanne) and Paul Chamberlain (Senior Forensic Scientist, Forensic Science Service and Chair of ENFSI); 4 Forensic anthropology and human identification from the skeleton, Martin Evison (University of Toronto) Section 2 Identifying and comparing materials; 5 Drugs of abuse, Niamh Nic Daeid and Hilary Buchanan (University of Strathclyde); 6 Body fluids in sexual offences, Julie Allard (Consultant Forensic Scientist, Forensic Science Service); 7 Trace evidence, Max M. Houck (Director, West Virginia University Forensic Science Service); 8 Marks, Terry Napier (Forensic supplier to police forces) Section 3 Reconstructing events; 9 Bloodstain pattern analysis, Adrian Wain (National Scientific Lead, Forensic Science Service) and Adrian Linacre (University of Strathclyde); 10 Fire investigation policies and practices in the UK, James Munday (Fellow, Forensic Science Society) and Mick Gardiner (Gardiner Associates Fire Ltd); Part 2 Forensic Science as Investigative Support Introduction, Jim Fraser and Robin Williams; 11 Forensic resources and criminal investigations, Amanda Cooper (Director of Information and Strategy, ACPO) and Lucy Mason (University of Oxford); 12 DNA databases, Bob Bramley (Former Chief Scientist, Forensic Science Service); 13 Using forensic science in major crime inquiries, David Barclay (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen); 14 Forensic science in UK policing: strategies, tactics and effectiveness, Nick Tilley (Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, UCL) and Michael Townsley (Griffith University); Part 3 Reasoning and the evaluation of scientific evidence Introduction, Jim Fraser and Robin Williams; 15 Statistics and forensic science, Colin Aitken (University of Edinburgh); 16 Understanding forensic science opinions, Graham Jackson (University of Abertay, Dundee); 17 The science of proof: forensic sceince evidence in English criminal trials, Paul Roberts (University of Nottingham); Part 4 Themes and Debates in Contemporary Forensic Science; 18 Forensic science and the internationalisation of policing, Tim Wilson (Northumbria University); 19 Forensic science, ethics and criminal justice, Sheila Willis (Director of Forensic Science Laboratory, Ireland); 20 Professional standards, public protection and the administration of justice, Alan Kershaw (Chairman, ILEX Professional Standards Ltd); 21 The development and enhancement of forensic expertise: higher education and in-service training, Claude Roux (University of Technology, Sydney) and James Robertson (Adjunct or Honorary Professor at three Universities); 22 The future(s) of forensic investigations, Robin Williams and Jim Fraser; Glossary; Index.