Forensic Science and the Law (Book)

Forensic Science and the Law (Book)

Anna Sandiford


$102.90 RRP + GST

Date: 29/11/2013

Code: 9780864728418

Thomson Reuters, NEW ZEALAND


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This text provides readers with practical insights into many of the key areas of forensic science encountered in criminal and traffic cases.

Drawing on her first-hand experience as a scientist, consultant and expert witness, author Dr Anna Sandiford explains different aspects of forensic science in a nontechnical way which is designed to give the non-scientist the tools to be able to understand the most common forensic science issues raised during the investigation and litigation stages of criminal and traffic proceedings. The book discusses the expert witness, the writing and interpretation of expert reports.

It describes the forensic investigation, scene examination and crash investigation and analysis processes. Valuable guidance is also provided on major areas of forensic science including, drugs, alcohol and toxicology, document examination, image and audio analysis, fingerprints and other marks, fires and explosions, DNA, biology and bloodstain pattern analysis, and psychology and psychiatry.

Editorial Review

"This veracious text book is in my opinion the most erudite and comprehensive work of its kind ever to be published in New Zealand. It provides essential reading not only for lawyers and judges but also for a whole raft of specialised people needing forensic guidance... I have practiced as an advocate in the criminal courts for over 50 years and my regret is that this valuable text book was not earlier available."

- Peter Williams QC (06 October 2013)

Table of Contents

The Expert

Experts’ Reports

The Investigation; Receipt and Continuity; Disclosure

Understanding the Interpretation of Expert Witness Findings


Marks, Impressions and Damage

Trace Material

Questioned Document Examination

Image and Audio Analysis

Fingerprints and Other Marks

Fires and Explosions

Crash Investigation and Analysis



Biology and Bloodstain Pattern Analysis


Medical Expertise

Psychology and Psychiatry

Environmental Forensics and Scene Examination