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Police Research and Education Network Seminar: Expert Evidence

Northumbria University

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Sophie Carr, Forensic Science, Northumbria University

Emma Piasecki and Katherine Dunn, Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University

Echoing concerns expressed by the Law Commission, Lord Justice Leveson warned in 2010 that ‘expert evidence of doubtful reliability may be admitted too freely … be challenged too weakly by the opposing advocate and be accepted too readily by the judge or jury at the end of the trial.’

This seminar will consider the provision of expert opinion evidence, using forensic science to illustrate areas where greater critical scrutiny should be applied. The seminar will reflect on the role forensic science plays in society, discussing the expectations and inferred assumptions that often go unsaid. Are all disciplines within forensic science created equal and should they be treat as such? To what extent are the different evidence types, such as DNA and fingerprints, able to satisfy the legal requirements for admissibility in any given case? We assert that the criminal justice system, and the actors within it, appear to afford a level of critical trust to the provision of expert opinion evidence. However, to uphold such trust, those submitting to it must fully understand the frameworks that underpin it and when greater critical scrutiny should be applied. 

Delivered by practitioners of forensic science and criminal barristers this seminar will be of interest to those procuring and/or receiving expert opinion evidence and wondering how to question or illustrate its relevance.

To book a place on this seminar, please complete the booking form below.

The series will draw upon leading research expertise within Northumbria University. Each seminar will provide an opportunity for staff to present their research findings on key topics for contemporary policing, reflecting on the challenge of developing evidence based for police practice.

The seminars are free to attend. They will be informal and are designed to promote debate between academics and practitioners from the police and other relevant agencies..

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