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I thought that this only happened in the US

Written by: Alan Baker 20th February, 2017

There is a mixture of fear and disbelief among the forensic community about what may have happened at the Randox lab in Manchester and at the moment an additional level of uncertainty about what actually happened. We know that mistakes happen but the inclusion of rigid quality ISO and UKAS procedures and the need for…

Quality Matters in Forensic Science

Written by: Alan Baker 25th January, 2017

There have been many attempts over the years to impose some sort of quality control over the provision of forensic science services to criminal defence solicitors. The advent of the Council for the Registration of Forensic Practitioners (CRFP) in 2000 was the last real attempt to create a system which gave confidence in the expert…

Roadside Drug Testing – Is it all it’s cracked-up to be?

Written by: Alan Baker 29th January, 2016

The Government are seemingly euphoric after the publication of drug driving data in December 2015. The campaign, which ran from December 1 – 31, saw 1888 drug screening devices administered by officers  with nearly 50 per cent of people stopped found to be under the influence of drugs.  More people were detected in December than…

Money-saving madness: Court decides on which expert

Written by: Alan Baker 18th January, 2016

Any publicly funded expert recognises the need to protect public money. I’m also sure that most experts and the legal profession have “experienced” the LAA application process for the funding of expert evidence which can often be inconsistent . However a recent case has demonstrated that seemingly Courts believe that they have a role in in the…

Forensick Science – Putting a price on justice? Part One

Written by: Alan Baker 9th October, 2015

In these times of public spending cutbacks it is particularly interesting how a Government can seemingly put a value on something as important as forensic science where its financial costs are, I believe, in inverse proportion to its importance to justice. The post of Forensic Regulator was set-up nearly ten years to ensure “that the provision of…