Forensic Scientist

A Criminal Cases Review Commission for NZ?

Anna Sandiford Oct 17, 2013

On the back of the Lundy case, there has been some discussion in the last week about whether or not New Zealand should consider having an independent organisation to assess potential miscarriages of justice, similar to the English Criminal Cases Review Commission. It’s not the first time the suggestion has been mooted: several other high-profile (read more) … Read More

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Robin Bain finger marks

Anna Sandiford Jun 27, 2013

Many people may have seen 3rd Degree on Wednesday night about the marks on Robin Bain’s thumb and forefinger as recorded in two crime scene photographs. Earlier this year I spent a morning with Police and ESR staff and some of the defence team during the testing of the murder weapon by Robbie Tiffen and (read more) … Read More

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Are all drownings accidental? Are too many fires arson?

Anna Sandiford Mar 18, 2013

What if not all drownings are accidental?  An ABC article asks this question and raises some interesting points about how investigators deal with bodies found on land and those found in water. “Bodies found in water are treated very differently from bodies found on land, for example there is not a county in this country (read more) … Read More

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Standards and Codes for forensic scientists

Anna Sandiford Feb 26, 2013

A short blog post, this one.  The US Department of Justice is setting up a commission that will establish standards, a professional code and educational requirements for forensic scientists.  Presumably this would mean that a Bachelors degree in forensic science and European film won’t make the muster (a degree which has apparently been offered in (read more) … Read More

Graham Norton solves a problem (nearly)

Anna Sandiford Feb 09, 2013

Recently I have been looking for a specialist medical expert to review a criminal case in which we have been instructed.  Specifically, an independent dermatologist (preferably someone with a paediatric speciality). Actually, I’ve been looking for five months.  Five months!  Usually we do it in 5 days, at the outside!!  In fact, much as I (read more) … Read More