Forensic Scientist

ABC. Assume nothing. Believe nobody. Check everything.

Anna Sandiford Apr 29, 2012

ABC. Assume nothing. Believe nobody. Check everything.  This is the mantra of British crime scene manager John Cockram.  That is a truly excellent mantra and pretty much covers all you need to know about forensic science.  His commentary on crime scene examination is fabulous reading in The Guardian’s The real CSI: what happens at a (read more) … Read More

Tearing knickers and why it needs to be done

Anna Sandiford Apr 10, 2012

Those leaders in science blogging and the founders of the the Ig Nobel Prize at blogged last week about new research from Otago University with a blog entitled A new twist in forensic knicker-testing. It’s a brief (no pun actually intended) post that states an NZ study “tested the tearing of knickers, and found (read more) … Read More

International Justice Conference – lessons learned? Probably not yet but it’s a start

Anna Sandiford Apr 09, 2012

I arrive in Perth in 40 degree heat with a fierce wind whipping across the Hertz car park and the promise that it’ll be 45 by Sunday. I’m well and truly heated through by the time I get to my tiny hire car. I have no idea what is ahead of me for the next (read more) … Read More

International Justice Conference: let’s see how it goes….

Anna Sandiford Mar 05, 2012

Many people will have watched 60 Minutes’ interview with David Bain on Sunday.  This weekend he gives his first public presentation at The International Justice Conference and I will be there to hear it and all the others. Mr Bain will be amongst other people who have stories to tell about cases that have gone (read more) … Read More

Sexual assault prosecution: where’s the science fit in?

Anna Sandiford Feb 19, 2012

The NZ Law Commission this week has opened consultation on Alternative Trial Processes including potential changes in the way sexual assault cases are prosecuted. In the introduction to the consultation paper it states: The limitations of the adversarial system in general are particularly profound in cases of sexual violence. The adversarial trial model is ill-suited (read more) … Read More