Forensic scientists can help to maximise the value of the evidence that you present. Whether you sit at the defence or prosecution table, knowledge is power. One of the biggest reasons prosecutors and defence counsels fail to convince the judge and the court is a lack of forensic science knowledge. What you do with the forensic report and how well you understand the science behind the report is important to your case.
The Eye of an Expert
When an untrained eye reads a forensic report, many important details are missed. Even if you have presented many cases in court, you cannot competently and thoroughly interpret all elements of a forensic report without years of specialised training and experience in the forensic field. That is why most prosecutors and defence counsels opt to engage a forensic scientist to help them gain insight into the forensics involved in important cases. An experienced, well-trained forensic scientist will help you sieve out the important details of a forensic report so that the information can be used in a meaningful way. They essentially take numbers and words that mean very little to most other people and present their value and significance in an understandable manner. You can then use that insight to develop additional evidence for your court case.
Knowledge Leads to Action
Once you have a more thorough understanding of the forensics involved in your case, you will have the knowledge needed to take actions needed to value-add to your case. Our forensic scientists can assist with this part of the process by helping you with all of the following, as applicable to your case:
- Bloodstain pattern
- Counterfeit drugs
- Controlled drugs and Toxicology
- Damage, Marks and Prints (e.g. Firearms, Toolmarks, Shoeprints and Impressions)
- Fires and Explosions
- Questioned Documents (e.g. Handwriting, Signature, Chinese handwriting & signature, Tampering & Forgery)
- Scene analysis and Reconstruction
- Scientific simulations
- Trace Evidence
- Traffic accident Reconstruction
- Unknown chemicals and Materials
- Forensic Video and Image Analysis
How Our Consultancy Can Help You
The Forensic Experts Group comprises leading forensic scientists who have been well-received in Singapore and internationally. Over the years, we have the privilege of being involved in hundreds of cases, often high profile and complex ones. We have testified as expert witnesses in the Courts. Together, our forensic scientists have more than 80 years of experience and wide-ranging expertise, which are backed by many hours of professional training. We can help you with one or more of the following:
1. Build lab capabilities: Wide exposure to CSI TV serials has unalterably raised public and media awareness and expectations of forensic science to new and often unrealistic highs. Greater pressure is on the forensic laboratory to be at the forefront of science, and to keep pace with rapid changes in technology and the legal landscape. Consultancy involves an identification of needs, gap analysis and transfer of knowledge and expertise to target groups through customised training programmes, case reviews and research projects. Our forensic scientists will work closely with you to help bring to reality the many exciting growth possibilities, transformation and revitalisation of your laboratory through: identifying and developing key capabilities, preparing and achieving forensic quality accreditation, and building a robust forensic system for delivering affordable quality forensic services to your clients in a timely manner.
2. Case review: A case review entails a thorough scientific evaluation of a forensic report, expert’s credentials, supporting lab records and associated information from law enforcement agencies. Our expert forensic scientists can pinpoint the basis for an expert’s conclusion and determine whether findings meet reporting standards. They can determine if there are items pertaining to your case which were not tested, had negative results or detected at low level amounts that never make it into the final report. A typical case review will involve:
- Evaluation of the underlying notes, worksheets, profiles and statistics;
- Independent interpretation of the facts;
- Identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence;
- Testing prosecution and defence theories of the crime against the facts;
- Helping with the preparation and wording of cross-examination questions;
- Providing confidential consultation and, when requested, write a report of observations and expert opinions;
- Providing expert testimony in court.
3. Case preparation & consultancy: Part of any case preparation is understanding all facets of the investigation, forensic processes and significance of the evidence. Our forensic scientists will assist you through the maze of scientific data to provide a clear understanding of the physical evidence, advise on the technical terminology, and review the forensic processes related to the specific evidence.
4. Court Examinations/Cross-Examinations and Submissions: Our professional forensic scientists will help you figure out what the forensic report really means in order for you to present your case in the most logical and understandable manner in Court.