Origin of Forensic Science

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ORIGIN AND SERVICES OF FORENSIC SCIENCE

“For most people, "forensic science" means cops and fingerprints and DNA analysis. All of that is still true, but these days forensic science encompasses much more.” Forensic science, also known as forensics, may generally be defined as the application of scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge to assist courts in resolving questions of fact in civil and criminal trials. In other words forensic science, in its broadest definition, is the application of science to law. Forensic science is carried out by forensic scientists, whose primary objective is the even-handed use of all the available information to determine the facts and ultimately the truth no matter who they are
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The forensic scientist must make sure that the examination is complete and the tests performed have been done correctly, the interpretation of the scientific data is thorough and that the written report is correct and easily understood by the layman, and finally that the evidence given is complete, unbiased and truthful, anything less is not acceptable. Forensics is not only all about the people that helped get it started but it is also about the different services that forensics give. These are just some of the services and a belief description of each will follow. According to forensicsonline.com, Forensic pathology is a specialized area of pathology. The forensic pathologist performs autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death in situations falling under the jurisdiction of the local medical examiner or coroner. These situations include, however, are not limited to violent deaths such as homicides, accidents, and suicides. Other categories are suspicious deaths, sudden and expected deaths, deaths in children and infants, prisoners, persons under the care of an institution, situations where illicit drugs or alcohol may have contributed to the death, deaths occurring during or in close proximity to a surgical

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