A tactical management model of forensic evidence processes

Colin James Armstrong

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    Abstract

    This thesis argues for the development of a tactical management model of forensic evidence processes. Seeking desired justice outcomes beyond a single jurisdiction to address transnational crime is difficult. Not only are laws and legal systems different, evidence processing is not standardised. Management of forensic evidence demands global and local solutions. Without international consensus for the standardisation of evidence definitions, terminologies, and processes impartial interpretations of evidence will continue to be subjected to prejudices and biases. Scientific and technological progress is changing the political nature of justice. Stakeholders with different perspectives and different objectives exasperate problems with forensic evidence processing. Law enforcers, forensic scientists, and the judiciary understand evidence from different perspectives and maintain conflicting and at times disparaging views of each other. This situation results in injustices that sees the innocent convicted and the guilty unpunished. Law enforcement personnel are at the beginning of the forensic evidence lifecycle and flawed evidence processing at this point must progress to unjust consequences. Most practitioners in the forensic evidence lifecycle are perceived to be professional and academically qualified but law enforcers are often seen as blue collar workers. Using the design science approach, this research aims to alleviate that situation by contributing a new framework for building better forensic evidence solutions. This objective is to be achieved after investigating the scope and nature of the problem interviewing evidence practitioners with law enforcement, forensic science, and judiciary perspectives and reviewing pertinent literature. The design science approach facilitated iterative develop of a preliminary model during the consultative data collection phase.
    Original languageEnglish
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Publication statusUnpublished - 2010

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