Constructing Cases with Science


in Expert Evidence and Criminal Justice

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780198267805
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191714856 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Constructing Cases with Science

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This chapter examines the potential of forensic science to contribute to the promotion of accurate decision-making. It evaluates some detail at how forensic science is employed in police investigations. It explores what it might mean to say that scientific knowledge and police cases are constructed. It focuses on the use of trace evidence such as physical material and marks found at the crime scene, used for purposes of identification and reconstruction. It also offers some observations on other uses of forensic science in the criminal process.

Keywords: police investigations; forensic science; physical material; trace evidence

Chapter.  16945 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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