Antipodean forensics: a comment on ANZFSS’s response to PCAST

Edmond, Gary and Martire, Kristy (2018) Antipodean forensics: a comment on ANZFSS’s response to PCAST. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 50 (2). pp. 140-151. ISSN 0045-0618

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Recently, one of the world’s leading scientific and technical advisory groups, the U.S. President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (or PCAST), published an assessment of the research supporting several forensic science procedures in regular use. PCAST was particularly interested in pattern recognition or comparison procedures, specifically: simple and mixed DNA profiles; bite marks; latent fingerprints; firearms; footwear; and hair analysis. In its report and recommendations PCAST emphasised the primacy of validation. In response, the Council of the Australian and New Zealand Forensic Science Society produced a short statement suggesting that the PCAST report has limited application to forensic science in Australia and New Zealand. This short commentary offers an alternative perspective.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Validation, error, probative value, evidence-based forensics, rationality, exceptionalism
Subjects: F400 Forensic and Archaeological Science
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 22 Nov 2018 11:34
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 17:05

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