The contribution of forensic science to miscarriage of justice cases
Taylor and Francis
Faculty of Business and Law
School of Law and Justice
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.