Fifty Years of Forensic Science: A Commentary

Over the last half century, the science and practice of forensicscience has undergone dramatic changes. Since the early 1960s thetechnological developments and their application to forensicscience have been immense. Not only that, the application ofscience within a legal context and framework has developedenormously, as has the evaluation of the analytical resultsobtained. This unique text looks at the changes and challengeswithin forensic science over the last fifty years through acontinuous diary of development witnessed by the editorials andrelevant correspondence delivered through the UK Forensic ScienceSocieties journal Science and Justice (formally the Journal of the Forensic Science Society).

The editorials are divided into sections relating to thedevelopments of forensic practice, the advancement of science,education, legal aspects, forensic science and medicine, theinternational dimension of forensic science and the interpretationand evaluation of evidence. The text and first two sections are setin context by an introductory chapter written by Professor BrianCaddy examining the future of forensic science.

A key text that traces the historicaldevelopment of forensic science through reflective editorialspublished in the journal Science and Justice,and the Journal of the Forensic ScienceSociety

Includes introductory chapter by ProfessorBrian Caddy

Divided into themed sections to reflectcurrent commentary and debate