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First off, let's learn a little about the term Forensic Science.

- The word “forensic” comes from the Latin adjective “forensis” meaning of or before the forum.
- Forensic Science is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system.
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  • Digital forensics
  • Forensic geology
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  • Forensic psychology

Forensic Science

Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. This may be in relation to a crime or to a civil action. But besides its relevance to the underlying legal system, more generally forensics encompasses the accepted scholarly or scientific methodology and norms under which the facts regarding an event, or an artifact, or some other physical item (such as a corpse, or cadaver, for example) are to the broader notion of authentication whereby an interest outside of a legal form exists in determining whether an object is in fact what it purports to be, or is alleged as being. The word “forensic” comes from the Latin adjective “forensis” meaning of or before the forum. During the time of the Romans, a criminal charge meant presenting the case before a group of public individuals in the forum. Both the person accused of the crime and the accuser would give speeches based on their side of the story. The individual with the best argument and delivery would determine the outcome of the case. Basically, the person with the sharpest forensic skills would win. This origin is the source of the two modern usages of the word "forensic" - as a form of legal evidence and as a category of public presentation. In modern use, the term "forensics" in place of "forensic science" can be considered incorrect as the term "forensic" is effectively a synonym for "legal" or "related to courts". However, the term is now so closely associated with the scientific field that many dictionaries include the meaning that equates the word "forensics" with "forensic science".Source Wikipedia



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paulmillen Real life CSI 'Crime Scene Investigator' by Paul Millen 3 Mar 1 2012, 2:34 AM EST by tomgat
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For all you CSI fans out there I have written a book about the life of a real Crime Scene Investigator. It tells my story with real case examples and what has made me tick over the past 30 years. I'm pretty pleased with it but you don’t have to believe me. Just look at the evidence. Here is a review which one reader placed on Amazon UK "This book is a carefully-prepared account of one man's career in Crime Scene Investigation in England. As you read about his progress from a junior investigator to becoming a senior manager you get an insight into just how much hard work is involved in becoming the sort of all-rounder that we would all like to see in charge of the impartial preparation of evidence. It brings out the skills,dedication,knowledge and experience required to make the grade in this very special career.
The additional ingredient that you might not expect to find is the moral courage that is sometimes needed to continue in the pursuit of the truth when so many obstacles can crop up in your way.The best accolade that we can give this author is that his book reflects the same painstaking approach that he has obviously shown in his time in assisting and working with the police force. He is generous to his colleagues in both the civil service and the various police forces for whom he has worked. He has obviously been both a strong team member and efficient team leader.
As a complete outsider to his whole world I can only admire both his approach to the job and to his very successful attempt to convey this world to an ordinary member of the public". I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it. 'Crime Scene Investigator' by Paul Millen is published by Constable and Robinson and available online and in bookshops, just search for the evidence.
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PeopleLuvr Which is which? 0 Jul 28 2010, 5:07 AM EDT by PeopleLuvr
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Which forensic science would include analyzing hair found on evidence (such as clothes)?
gsrbritfan What sort of training or education do you need in your country to... 15 Jun 29 2009, 4:06 AM EDT by phaedon
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become a forensic investigator/examiner etc? please let us all know as we'd all be really interested to know?
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