December 13 2018
In the latest edition of the Forensic Science Regulator’s Newsletter Issue 30, Dr Tully comments:
‘forensic scientists are still being called to court to give evidence on the basis of interim or abbreviated reports that do not comply with the Criminal Procedure Rules, yet this lack of compliance is not being challenged by the prosecution, defence or judges.’
The gauntlet has been well and truly thrown down by the Forensic Regulator.
KBC has been commenting on our experience of Streamlined Forensic Reporting since it was introduced in 2012. You will find earlier news articles we have written on this website (HERE and HERE), or you may have attended one of our talks. Here is a reminder of some of the key issues to consider when presented with a Streamlined Forensic Report (SFR) Stage 1:
If you have queries with respect to information in an SFR Stage 1 report, please call us to see if we can help. We can seek access to the underlying information and, with your client’s account, we can ascertain the evidential value of the information contained in the SFR1 Stage 1 report.
Our May 2019 newsletter highlights yet another SFR1 issue. You can read it HERE.