Title

The contribution of forensic science to miscarriage of justice cases

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

School

School of Law and Justice

RAS ID

17466

Comments

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences on 25 June 2013 as: Etter, B. (2013). The contribution of forensic science to miscarriage of justice cases. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 45(4), 368-380. Available online here

Abstract

The paper highlights cases in Australia involving forensic science, both old and recent (Chamberlain and Splatt as well as Mallard and Wood), and outlines how forensic science has developed over the years, particularly from the perspective of preventing miscarriages of justice. The paper will touch on the importance of ongoing professional development, proper accountability, law reform, Innocence Projects, the Innocence Movement and the need for a national Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in Australia, as in the UK. The author draws on her 30 years of policing experience in various Australian jurisdictions, her time as CEO of the Tasmanian Integrity Commission and her more recent experience as an Integrity and Justice Consultant and lawyer examining a high profile murder conviction in Tasmania.

DOI

10.1080/00450618.2013.767376

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