The interpretation and evaluation of scientific evidence and its presentation in a court of law is central both to the role of the forensic scientist as an expert witness and to the interests of justice. This book aims to provide a thorough and detailed discussion of the principles and practice of evidence interpretation and evaluation by using real cases by way of illustration. The presentation is appropriate for students of forensic science or related disciplines at advanced undergraduate and master's level or for practitioners engaged in continuing professional development activity.

The book is structured in three sections. The first sets the scene by describing and debating the issues around the admissibility and reliability of scientific evidence presented to the court. In the second section, the principles underpinning interpretation and evaluation are explained, including discussion of those formal statistical methods founded on Bayesian inference. The following chapters present perspectives on the evaluation and presentation of evidence in the context of a single type or class of scientific evidence, from DNA to the analysis of documents. For each, the science underpinning the analysis and interpretation of the forensic materials is explained, followed by the presentation of cases which illustrate the variety of approaches that have been taken in providing expert scientific opinion.

Table of Content:- 
An Introduction to the Admissibility of Expert Scientific Opinion
Admissibility from the Legal Perspective
Forensic Science and the Law: The Path Forward
Scientific Opinion and the Law in Practice 
Fundamentals of the Interpretation and Evaluation of Scientific Evidence
Case Studies in Expert Opinion
Formal Methods for Logical Evaluation
Case Studies in Probabilistic Opinion
Cognitive Bias and Expert Opinion 
The Evaluation of DNA Profile Evidence
Low Template DNA
Footwear Marks in Court
Fingerprints and Finger ]Marks – Identifying Individuals?
Trace Evidence, Databases and Evaluation
Firearm and Tool Mark Evidence
Expert Opinion and Evidence of Human Identity 
Questioned Documents
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
Conflicting Expert Opinion: SIDS and the Medical Expert Witness

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General Information  
Author(s)Craig D Adam
PublisherJohn Wiley
Edition1st Edition 2016
Publish YearAugust 2016