Crime Scene to Court: The Essentials of Forensic Science

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P.C. White
Royal Society of Chemistry, Aug 18, 2004 - Law - 451 pages
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Forensic science has been variously described as fascinating, challenging and even frightening. If you have only a vague concept of what forensic science is, this book will provide the answer. Aimed at non-scientists, or those with limited scientific knowledge, Crime Scene to Court covers all three main areas of an investigation where forensic science is practised, namely the scene of the crime, the forensic laboratory and the court.

Coverage includes details of how crime scene and forensic examinations are conducted in the United Kingdom, the principles of crime scene investigations and the importance of this work in an investigation, and courtroom procedures and the role of the expert witness. The latest methods and techniques used in crime scene investigation and forensic laboratories are reported, cases are presented to illustrate why and how examinations are performed to generate forensic evidence and there is a bibliography for each chapter which provides further material for those readers wishing to delve deeper into the subject. This revised and updated edition also includes coverage on changes in professional requirements, the latest developments in DNA testing and two new chapters on computer based crimes and Blood Pattern Analysis.

Ideal for those studying forensic science or law, the book is intended primarily for teaching and training purposes. However, anyone with a role in an investigation, for example police, crime scene investigators or indeed those called for jury service, will find this text an excellent source of information.

 

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Contents

The Crime Scene
21
or Other Specialists
51
Marks and Impressions
82
Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
115
The Forensic Examination of Documents
142
Computer Based Media
172
Fire Investigation
215
Explosions
241
Firearms
269
Drugs of Abuse
293
Forensic Toxicology
318
Alcohol Analysis
350
The Analysis of Body Fluids
377
Presentation of Expert Forensic Evidence
414
Subject Index
440
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About the author (2004)

Peter White is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences. He has his own consultancy, ReForensics and specialises in the development and application of novel trace level detection techniques to solve casework related problems.

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