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Forensic Science Society Autumn ConferenceThe Path to Justice: The Forensic Debate

Day 1 of the conference will focus on presentations from senior and distinguished representatives of the police, legal profession, academia, Home Office, private and public sectors. They will talk about the present and future role of the forensic sciences within the courts and academia. The provision of forensic services and training within commercial and independent providers will also be discussed and considered alongside in house police provision, tendering and marketing. At the end of the day there will be an open question time chaired by Brian Rankin, the Immediate Past President of the Forensic Science Society. Day 2 “From Crime Scene to Court; Looking Back, Looking Forward” will look at and discuss major crime investigation from the perspective of the mother of murder victim Robbie Knox. The latest technology in crime scene lighting, evidence recovery and recovery of fingerprints on clothing will be presented along with advances in computer technology that is now becoming more commonly used to present crime scene evidence in court. The CPS perspective on the presentation of forensic evidence, both orally and visually, in court will be discussed. The need for liaison between detectives, scenes of crime officers and forensic scientists throughout an investigation is important and the dangers and misleading results of poor or mis-communication will be discussed. The use of Ancestral DNA and the lessons learned will also be presented. Speakers include: Jeremy Roberts QC (Retired Judge) Professor Jim Fraser, University of Strathclyde Deputy Chief Constable Chris Eyre, Nottinghamshire Police Andrew Rennison, Forensic Science Regulator Dr Angela Gallop, Axiom International Stan Brown, Forensic Science Northern Ireland Professor James Robertson, University of Canberra To book your place, visit the Forensic Science Society website.