Forensic disciplines such as DNA-matching, pathology and psychology are often requested to report in criminal cases. Within the Dutch legal system forensic experts are court appointed and little use of second opinion or contra-expertise by the defence is seen. This makes that forensic reports written by expert witnesses or forensic crime scene investigators must be understood by lawyers – without a forensic background - in order to discuss these in court. So how do lawyers use forensic reports in their defence cases? Do lawyers contest the forensic reports on its content or procedures? A survey conducted among criminal lawyers was done to see on what elements forensic reports are debated in court and if different styles of reporting or outside expertise would be considered beneficial. This last element is quite uncommon within the Dutch law practice. This study addresses both equality of arms issues as well as the importance of interpretation of forensic evidence in criminal cases by non-forensic experts.
|Publication status||Published - 2009|
|Event||American Society of Criminology - Annual Meeting 2009 - Philadelphia, USA|
Duration: 4 Nov 2009 → 7 Nov 2009
|Conference||American Society of Criminology - Annual Meeting 2009|
|Period||4/11/09 → 7/11/09|