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A Blueprint for Change

House of Lords Logo white on red backgroundToday, the Lords Science and Technology Committee published their report following their inquiry into Forensic Science.  This was probably the most comprehensive and inclusive inquiry to date taking evidence from all stake-holders in the forensic science arena.  And this time, parties that had previously been tentative in responding to questions were now far more candid and hard-hitting in their responses than in previous inquiries.  Maybe this reflected the urgency of change that is now necessary to prevent the potential collapse of the forensic market and the repercussions that would have for the criminal justice system.  The Lords appear to have realised that we are at a critical point:

“This report follows others that have raised similar concerns, yet the changes that are necessary have not been made, despite acknowledgements that they would be. Forensic science in England and Wales is in trouble. To ensure the delivery of justice, the time for action is now.“

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Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences Long Service Awards

The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences logoAs the Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences reaches its 60th anniversary this year, Julie Allard and Kerri Allen are both honoured to have received long service awards in recognition of more than 25 years continuous membership. The Society has grown and there have been many changes from when we first joined but we have always found our membership invaluable, allowing us to meet, communicate and collaborate with other members of the forensic community.  Our support of the Society will continue and, as scientists within a small organisation, in particular we appreciate the opportunities on offer for professional development.  We would encourage other forensic scientists to consider joining and enjoy the benefits and opportunities that membership provides.  There is more information on the Society’s website.

A Forensic Market in Flux

Close up of forensic scientist looking down the eyepieces of a microsocpe

Over three and a half years on from the closure of the Forensic Science Service, and you might be forgiven for thinking that the market for forensic services would have settled down.  However, it would appear that things are as changeable as ever as budget cuts bite, the money spent on forensic science shrinks further and the long promised government strategy for forensic science has yet to be published.READ MORE