Forensic Science and the Law: a guide for Police, Lawyers and Expert Witnesses explains different aspects of forensic science in a non-technical way to give the non-scientist the tools and starting point to understand the most common forensic science issues raised during the investigation and litigation stages of criminal and traffic proceedings.
It includes what the science/expertise means and what the words experts use mean in the context of forensic case work. It also includes how to test an expert as an ‘expert’, experts’ obligations under Schedule 4 of the High Court Rules and how to check if a report adheres to those Rules, the writing and interpretation of expert reports. It describes the forensic investigation, scene examination and crash investigation, drugs including yields and smoking versus manufacture of methamphetamine, alcohol and toxicology, document examination, image and audio analysis, fingerprints and other marks, fires and explosions, DNA, biology and bloodstain pattern analysis, medicine (including NAI and sexual assault), psychology and psychiatry.
Peter Williams QC wrote the following foreword:
“This veracious text book is in my opinion the most erudite and comprehensive work of its kind ever to be published in New Zealand. It provides essential reading not only for lawyers and judges but also for a whole raft of specialised people needing forensic guidance … I have practiced as an advocate in the criminal courts for over 50 years and my regret is that this valuable text book was not earlier available.”