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CSI may have sparked public interest in forensics, but do you know how to correctly handle hair testing? Jacqui Gilliatt explains

28 February 2011

In the words of the great Gil Grissom: “I tend not to believe people. People lie. The evidence never lies.” The fear that the American TV crime series CSI may have turned us all into keen but amateur forensic scientists has spawned serious academic research into the effects of such programmes on jurors in the US. At least some of that research suggests that CSI fans are likely to approach forensic evidence in a more questioning way. Committed fans of Grissom will recognise the importance of another thought of his: “I’m wrong all the time. It’s how I get to ‘right’.”

I recently had the opportunity to look at the interface between forensic test results and the family justice system when I was instructed by Trimega Labs as intervenor in a case before Moylan J reported as LB Richmond v B [2010] EWCA 2903 Fam. Hair tests for alcohol are relatively new to the legal arena in comparison to fingerprints, DNA, blood tests, etc. but they have a respectable ten-year history and a sound science base.

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