A review of quality procedures in the UK forensic sciences

What can the field of digital forensics learn?

Helen Page, Graeme Horsman, Anna Sarna, Julienne Foster

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Abstract

With a reliance on the various forms of forensic science evidence in complex criminal investigations, the measures for ensuring its quality are facing increasing scrutiny. Improvements to quality management systems, to ensure both the robust application of scientific principles and the accurate interpretation and reporting of results, have arisen as a consequence of high-profile rebuttals of forensic science evidence, combined with process improvements driven by evaluation of current practice. These improvements are crucial to ensure validity of results as well as providing assurance for all those involved in the Criminal Justice System. This work first examines the quality management systems utilised for the examination and analysis of fingerprint, body fluid and DNA evidence. It then proceeds to highlight an apparent lack of comparable quality assurance mechanisms within the field of digital forensics, one of the newest branches of forensic science. Proposals are provided for the improvement of quality assurance for the digital forensics arena, drawing on the experiences of, and more well-established practices within, other forensic disciplines.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScience and Justice
Early online date23 Sep 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Sep 2018

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Forensic Sciences
Quality Improvement
Criminal Law
Dermatoglyphics
Body Fluids
Reproducibility of Results
DNA

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