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'Get it right the first time': Critical Issues at the Crime Scene


Julian, R and Kelty, S and Robertson, J, 'Get it right the first time': Critical Issues at the Crime Scene, Current Issues in Criminal Justice, 24, (1) pp. 25-37. ISSN 1034-5329 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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This article examines a number of critical issues associated with the collection of forensic evidence at the crime scene. It argues that the crime scene is one of the most crucial aspects of an investigation and that the scene of the crime is where good forensic science begins. The article begins by demonstrating that high quality and useful evidence leading to accurate and fair criminal justice outcomes can only occur if the scene is processed effectively and professionally. Reducing risk of unjust outcomes is especially important in . Serious matters, such· as homicide and sexual assault, for two reasons. First, the more •Serious the matter, the more likely that evidence mishandling can lead to wrongful imprisonment. Second, the more serious the matter, the more personnel will be involved, and the more likely that these personnel will be multidisciplinary (law enforcement, medicine, law, forensic science) and multi-organisational (health, justice, private legal/medical, police). Many of these personnel will have divergent work practices and divergent views about what their role is, or should be, during investigations and court trials. Drawing on empirical data from interviews with crime scene examiners, police, forensic scientists, lawyers and judges in a number of Australian jurisdictions, the article discusses the management of the crime scene as a critical issue in the justice process.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Police administration, procedures and practice
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law enforcement
UTAS Author:Julian, R (Professor Roberta Julian)
UTAS Author:Kelty, S (Dr Sally Kelty)
ID Code:80356
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Government
Deposited On:2012-10-30
Last Modified:2013-05-17
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