Forensic evidence in context : cases, materials, and commentaries /
edited by Brian Manarin, adjunct Professor of Law, University of Windsor.
Toronto, ON : Thomson Reuters Canada, 2017.
xxvi, 817 pages ; 25 cm
0779880684, 9780779880683
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Toronto, ON : Thomson Reuters Canada, 2017.
contents note
A brief history of forensic evidence -- The role of the police, prosecutors, defence counsel and judges -- Direct, circumstantial, real and demonstrative evidence -- Disclosure, confidential records and privilege -- Courts and tribunals -- Oversight legislation and rules used by governing bodies -- Trial delays and issues pertaining to memory -- Challenging and admitting expert testimony -- Ethicality, junk science and the miscarriage of justice.
general note
Includes index.
"The sciences supporting forensic investigation have a strong publication pedigree with many textbooks, articles and websites devoted to their pursuit. Indeed, the forensic expert more times than not is well-trained and ready to educate the court on the knowledge base in question. However, what is less likely to occur is the dissemination of accumulated expertise that is also accompanied by an awareness of the role and function of the various justice stakeholders. Often this lack of awareness includes truly appreciating the role of the expert. In Forensic Evidence in Context: Cases, Materials and Commentaries, Brian Manarin has collected a wide array of case law, journal articles and other valuable materials with a view to better preparing students and professionals alike for the time when they will be called upon to showcase their forensic talents. A fuller understanding of the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of the law and of forensic evidence should result. As well, a degree of introspection should occur on the backdrop of a new found awareness of how the justice system is designed to work in the realm of litigation. This casebook will have value to those interested in the fields of law, criminology and, of course, forensic science."--Back cover.
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