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Author Jones, Carol A. G.

Title Expert witnesses : science, medicine, and the practice of law / Carol A.G. Jones
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1994


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 MELB  KN 391.5 A1 Jon/Ews  DUE 14-01-20
Description 281 pages ; 22 cm
Series Oxford socio-legal studies
Oxford socio-legal studies.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Science, Law, and the Rise of the Modern State -- 3. Court Experts -- 4. The Challenge of Science -- 5. The Rise of the Medical Detective -- 6. The Law's Response -- 7. Finding the Right Expert Witness -- 8. Processing the Legal Story: Civil Litigation -- 9. Processing the Legal Story: State versus Accused -- 10. The Impact of Advocacy -- 11. Conclusion
Summary "The book contains new material on the history of science and law as well as drawing upon empirical data and observational study to demonstrate the 'behind the scenes' links between, and pre-trial practices of, lawyers and scientists. It argues that recent attempts to resolve our crisis of confidence in forensic science by moving towards an 'independent' forensic science service are misguided and will eventually lead to 'state closure' of forensic services. As an alternative to this scenario, the author proposes a mixed economy of forensic services, comprising a strong freelance/university sector to off-set the present virtual monopoly by the State. Its analysis and proposals should be of interest to anyone interested in the findings of the Royal Commission on the Criminal Justice System."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis Expert evidence
Great Britain
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Evidence, Expert -- Great Britain.
Forensic sciences -- Great Britain.
Science and law.
LC no. 93014378
ISBN 019825797X (acid-free paper)