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What is the role of digital forensics in the Criminal Justice System?

23 November 2018

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee questions forensic scientists from a variety of small and medium sized private providers, as well as the Metropolitan Police and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences, for its inquiry into the use of forensic science and its contribution to the delivery of justice.

Purpose of session

In the first session, the Committee will explore the role of the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences as a voice for the sector. It will also investigate the way in which different private providers view the current system of accreditation.

In the second session the Committee will explore what is being done to prepare for the increasing role of digital forensics and the level of understanding of digital forensic science within the Criminal Justice System.

Witnesses

Tuesday 27 November in Committee Room 4A, Palace of Westminster

At 3.25pm

  • Dr Anya Hunt, CEO, Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
  • Mr Angus Marshall, Director and Principal Scientist, n-gate Ltd
  • Dr David Schudel, Forensic scientist, Keith Borer Consultant

At 4.25pm

  • Mr Mark Stokes, Head of Digital, Cyber & Communications Forensics Unit, Metropolitan Police
  • Dr Jan Collie, Managing Director and Senior Forensic Investigator, Discovery Forensics
  • Professor Peter Sommer, Professor of Digital Forensics, Birmingham City University

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the sessions include:

  • Is the Criminal Justice System being equipped with robust, accurate and transparent forensic science?
  • What are differences between what forensic science provision is available to the prosecution and defence?
  • What is the level of understanding of digital forensic science within the Criminal Justice System amongst lawyers, judges and juries?
  • What role do technological solutions, such as machine learning, have in dealing with large amounts of data from digital devices?
  • How can the privacy of complainants and witnesses be protected, while also securing the necessary digital evidence for successful prosecutions, or exonerations?
  • Where are the gaps in research and understanding of digital forensic science?

Further information

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