Forensic science in the Criminal Justice System: Committee to investigate

23 October 2018

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee asks experts what would make the greatest impact in improving the quality of forensic science and its ability to contribute to the delivery of justice in the UK.

Purpose of session

The Committee asks the witnesses for examples of countries that are enabling the use of forensic science in the justice system well and what changes might be needed to forensic services market in England and Wales to ensure provision is maintained at the level required.


Tuesday 23 October in Committee Room 4, Palace of Westminster

At 3.25pm

  • Dr Itiel Dror, Senior Cognitive Neuroscience Researcher, University College London
  • Dr Christopher Lawless, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Durham University

Possible questions

Questions likely to be covered in the session include:

  • What is the level of understanding of forensic science within the Criminal Justice System amongst lawyers, judges and juries?
  • What channels of communication are needed between scientists, lawyers and the judiciary?
  • What is the scientific evidence base for the use of forensic techniques in the investigation and prosecution of crimes?
  • How should further research funding for forensic science be justified?

Further information

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