Origin of Forensic Science Essay

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ORIGIN AND SERVICES OF FORENSIC SCIENCE

“For most people, "forensic science" means cops and fingerprints and DNA analysis. All of that is still true, but these days forensic science encompasses much more.” Forensic science, also known as forensics, may generally be defined as the application of scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge to assist courts in resolving questions of fact in civil and criminal trials. In other words forensic science, in its broadest definition, is the application of science to law. Forensic science is carried out by forensic scientists, whose primary objective is the even-handed use of all the available information to determine the facts and ultimately the truth no matter who they are
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For example, when a car hits another car, paint from the first car will be deposited on the second one and vice-versa. Similarly, when somebody sits on a chair, fibers from his/her clothing will be deposited on the chair and fibers from the cloth of the chair will be deposited on the person's clothing. Although there are different people that can be cited for the start of forensics, many people still believe that you can solve a case over night like how it’s shown on television. Many people like all the forensic scientist has to do is collect small evidences and “presso” the case it solved but their job is much harder in real life then television. A lot of the information seen on television is misleading because forensic scientists are involved in all aspects of criminal and civil cases as well as among others, the family courts, immigration and employment tribunals and the results of their work may serve either the prosecution, defense or either side in a hearing as well as acting more recently as a single joint expert. Forensic science and the work of the forensic scientist does have an impact on the number of cases entering our legal system by assisting the decision makers before a case reaches the court, as the facts developed by the forensic scientist are based on scientific investigation which may convince the prosecution team that the case does not merit a

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