University of dundee forensic science
Forensic is derived from the Latin word “forensis’ meaning ‘before the forum’. In the modern day, our ‘Forum’ is the court room and we make use of our scientific capabilities is the service of the legal system and the pursuit of justice. Science can play a part in all aspects of the end to end – crime scene to court process however the popular perception of what forensic science can achieve is often sensationalised and unrealistic. In truth, much of the scientific work that supports many areas of forensic science is badly defined and poorly researched, a point made clear by the US National Academy of Science in 2009. Forensic Science is increasingly fragmented both in terms of research and application such that it’s potential opportunity to provide a holistic problem solving approach within a given case context is all but eroded.