Forensic science cost-cutting could cause errors, say experts

This is an article from the Guardian, 13 September 2009.  It basically outlines what has happened in England & Wales and what we, here in New Zealand, should be glad has not happened – yet.  Although I am sure some would argue that there is a need for the stranglehold of ESR (the main provider …

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Roadside drug testing; drug driving

One of my earlier posts commented on drug driving, the recent law changes in New Zealand and the new ad campaign in England & Wales.  The answer that everyone would like (apart from the people who actually take the drugs) is a roadside device that can screen, say, saliva for the presence of drugs – …

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Drug driving and impairment testing

Drug driving is illegal in many countries including New Zealand and the UK.  New Zealand has recently (June 2009) changed the law in order to increase the rate of successful prosecutions .  These changes, which come into force in December 2009, include giving the Police the power to conduct roadside impairment tests.  Such tests were …

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David Bain retrial, 2009

I get asked about this case all the time.  It was probably New Zealand’s biggest ever case in terms of media attention (more like frenzy) and overall cost.  It is also probably New Zealand’s most controversial case and people have an opinion before they even ask me about it.  It’s a bit like when a …

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An interesting read: For Great Justice!

This article was written by Michael Oliver of Salient (Victoria University of Wellington’s student  magazine, salient.co.nz) and posted on scoop.co.nz on 17 August 2009 It’s a very interesting article about the New Zealand justice system and I find many things for consideration within it…..: “The Supreme Court building currently sits in bits on Lambton Quay’s …

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Mobile phones and driving in New Zealand

I wholeheartedly agree that it should be against the law to use a mobile phone whilst driving – additional divided attention when driving is not safe: and I can say that having worked on many road traffic incident cases where mobile phones were contributory to crashes. Who thinks that the penalties as they stand (the …

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Regulation of forensic scientists in New Zealand

As it stands at the moment (August 2009), forensic scientists in New Zealand are not required to be registered with any independent, professional organisation that checks their credibility. It is left to the court to determine whether the Expert Witness is suitably qualified before they give evidence. One hopes that the instructing solicitor/barrister has checked …

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