25th June 2003

 

TIGHTER REGULATIONS FOR EXPERT FORENSIC WITNESSES?

 

A law academic from the University of Lincoln will be contributing to a major forensic science conference to be held at Queens College, Cambridge next month.

 

Barry Turner, a specialist in law who teaches in the university’s Department of Biological Sciences, will give a paper to the Independence and Objectivity in Forensic Science conference.

 

His lecture on 12th July will discuss how forensic scientists could be regulated in the future to ensure the quality and validity of the evidence they give in court cases.

 

The conference will act as a forum to discuss independence and objectivity in the use of forensic science within the criminal justice system in Britain.

 

“It’s a big issue at the moment,” said Mr Turner. “There is concern that some forensic experts used in court cases are not quite up to the standard that they ought to be.

 

“There are moves afoot to introduce tighter regulations and Cambridge has been at the forefront of this area.”

 

High-profile speakers at the conference, which will take place from 9th until 12th July, will include Michael Mansfield QC, Lord Carlisle of Berriew QC and representatives from the Expert Witness Institute, the National Police Training School and the Forensic Science Society.

 

One of the ideas on the table at the conference will be the establishment of an Independent Forensic Science Institute (The Solon Institute) for research and casework.

 

Professor Brian McGaw, Acting Dean of Health and Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, and Forensic Science lecturer David Butler will also attend the conference.

 

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