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The Evidence that Never Was 2 - Evidence Not Collected

Continuing on a theme of Evidence that Never Was and our article on Evidence in Need of Balanced Evaluation, another area where cuts to forensic budgets are removing the ability of the CJS to deliver justice is where Evidence is Not Collected. Dr Guy Cooper highlights a number of issues through case examples.

Posted April 2017

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The Evidence that Never Was 1 - Evidence in Need of Evaluation

In her report published in January 2017 Dr Tully, the Forensic Regulator, warned that cuts to forensic science budgets are compromising quality and now pose a risk to justice. We agree. Cuts have been made through investigating less, by submitting fewer samples for examination and by cutting out experienced evaluation. Unfortunately we regularly see the consequences of this in our work. Dr Guy Cooper discusses some issues in recent cases.

Posted April 2017

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Streamlined Forensic Reports Stage 1 – what do they mean in your case?

Issue 12 of the Better Case Management (BCM) Newsletter published this month focuses on Streamlined Forensic Reporting. The newsletter draws attention to the intended role of the SFR1 in identifying real issues for trial. It states, however, that SFR1s remain inadmissible in evidence; so how much reliance should you place on them when advising your client?

Posted March 2017

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No smoke without fire?

The BBC reported last week that a lawyer’s trousers caught fire whilst he addressed jurors in an arson trial in Florida. The cause? He had a faulty e-cigarette in his pocket. KBC's Jenny Gray discusses the risks associated with such battery-powered devices.

Posted March 2017

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Almost 80% of children sleep through smoke alarms

Research has shown that almost 80% of children sleep through smoke alarms. Jenny Gray discusses a new type of alarm that is being developed, as well as the importance of creating an escape plan in your own home.

Posted February 2017

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