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Police drug expert reports

Written by: Alan Baker 10th July, 2019

As part of criminal trials and then possibly POCA proceedings, police drug experts will be asked to comment on the significance of items typically recovered from a suspect’s home. It has become something of the Holy Grail to refer to the the implied significance of someone having grip-seal bags, weighing scales (working) and a mobile…

Testing times for forensic science

Written by: Alan Baker 9th July, 2019

The mush-publicised malware attack on Eurofins Forensics has short and long-term consequences for the CJS. There is now no doubt that criminal trials are already being halted and that case progression detrimentally affected by the incident. Hundreds of victims, witnesses and defendants will see cases deferred, adding to the backlog of trials that already exists….

Drug Driving Samples – Symptom of a bigger problem?

Written by: Alan Baker 28th June, 2019

It’s perhaps fair to say that the Drug Driving legislation introduced in 2015 is the most successful piece of motoring law in the last 40 years. What started with less than 10% successful prosecutions, now results in at least 90% of cases ensuring a conviction. It is also fair to say that whilst the statutory…

Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS’s)

Written by: Alan Baker 6th September, 2018

Bericon is being increasingly asked to review the above information and offer an assessment of whether an individual’s suggested passive exposure to an NPS may have led to them failing an MDT for a given substance or its metabolite. We are able to prepare reports which offers comment on the above scenario and, given the…

Key Forensic and Randox… Is there a future for a forensic science marketplace?

Written by: Alan Baker 28th February, 2018

I have been a professional scientist for nearly 30 years and owned a forensic science consultancy for the last 15 years. I liaise with police officers, scientists, court staff, barristers and solicitors. I believe that I have a relatively informed view on forensic science in the CJS I listened to the information presented by and…