Tagged: New Zealand specific

Conflicting expert opinion (is it what it seems?) - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford May 23, 2011

“Having introduced their written evidence with the protestation that they will be independent and unbiased, experts routinely go on to give evidence that is anything but. At least in the eyes of experts regularly giving evidence, the boilerplate declaration of impartiality has as much impact as…..the staple at the top of the page.” And so [...] … Read More

Tea, Biscuits and the Criminal Reform Bill - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Apr 19, 2011

The Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill is being touted as the biggest shake-up in New Zealand criminal law for decades (e.g. Justice shake-up will save millions: Govt).  This means the last lot of changes took place in a time before I was born (I don’t know if that makes me feel old or not).  [...] … Read More

Christmas and Forensic Science - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Dec 03, 2010

Well, the Crown and the courts are winding down for their annual extended break. However, forensic scientists in the independent sector don’t take a holiday! This is the perfect time of year for lawyers to start preparing well in advance for next year’s trials, particularly given the long time that NZ Legal Services is taking [...] … Read More

Blood alcohol 2nd sample — will it be lost? - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Oct 29, 2010

Feeling suitably impressed with the facade, I attended at the Beehive yesterday to speak in front of the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee.  Apart from seeing a few familiar faces (from the TV, not that I knew in person), it was quite reminiscent of giving evidence in court except that after our statements, it [...] … Read More

SciCon 2010 — well worth it…. - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jul 06, 2010

I have just returned on a bumpy flight from Nelson following my stint at SciCon 2010, the the biennial conference of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE). The theme of SciCon 2010 is ‘Journey to Discovery’ and there are plenty of interesting speakers and workshops (it runs until this Wednesday, 7 July). Having [...] … Read More

SciCon 2010 — well worth it - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford Jul 05, 2010

I have just returned on a bumpy flight from Nelson following my stint at SciCon 2010, the the biennial conference of the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE). The theme of SciCon 2010 is ‘Journey to Discovery’ and there are plenty of interesting speakers and workshops (it runs until this Wednesday, 7 July). Having [...] … Read More

Cunning radiocarbon and dating volcanic eruptions - Forensic Scientist

Anna Sandiford May 19, 2010

It is excellent to see a new AMS radiocarbon dating set-up in New Zealand (NZ scientists fire up $3.4 million mass spectrometer).  When I was working on climate reconstruction I was hugely reliant on the previous 14C (radiocarbon) device to help put Before Present (BP) ages on volcanic ash layers (tephra) that occurred in sections [...] … Read More