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Relevance of Forensic Evidence in Litigation

The existing legal regime— including the rules governing the admissibility of forensic evidence, the applicable standards governing appellate review of trial court decisions, the limitations of the adversary process, and judges and lawyers who often lack the scientific expertise necessary to comprehend and evaluate forensic evidence—is inadequate to the task of curing the documented ills of the forensic science disciplines. This is of great importance, because “forensic science is but the handmaiden of the legal system.” There are some serious issues regarding the competence and quality of the current forensic science system; yet, the courts continue to rely on forensic evidence without fully understanding and addressing the limitations of different forensic science disciplines. This profound combination of law and science, especially in the context of law enforcement, emphasizes the need for improvement in the forensic science community.

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