An essential text for all students taking forensic science courses who are required to take modules on how to present their evidence in court. The book is also an invaluable reference for any scientist requested to give an opinion in a legal context.
- Integrates law and science in an easy to understand format
- Inclusion of case studies throughout
- Includes straightforward statistics essential for the forensic science student
- An invaluable, practical textbook for anyone appearing as an expert witness in court
- Unique in its approach aimed at forensic science students in a courtroom environment
Table of Contents
1 Where The Law Comes From: You Don’t Mess About With The People.
2 The Legal System and How It Works.
- 2.1 A brief look at the court structure.
- 2.2 The adversarial system.
- 2.3 Criminal cases.
- 2.4 The expert.
- 2.5 Witnesses.
- 2.6 Judgments.
- 2.7 Justification of the expert.
- 2.8 Civil cases.
- 2.9 Magistrates’ Court.
- 2.10 The Crown Court.
- 2.11 The High Court.
- 2.12 The Courts of Appeal.
- 2.13 Small Claims Court.
- 2.14 Arbitration.
- 2.15 The Coroner’s Court.
- 2.16 Courts martial.
- 2.17 Contempt.
3 Rules of Evidence as They Apply to an Expert Witness.
4 Appointment of Experts and the Written Report.
5 The Expert Forensic Scientist in Court.
6 Statistics and Statistical Inferences.
7 Ethical and Scientific Considerations for the Forensic Scientist.
Appendix: Methods of Quoting Published Law Reports in Various Jurisdictions.
Glossary of Commonly Used Terms and Phrases.