Communication, forensic science and the Law

Lucina Hackman (Lead / Corresponding author)

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The communication of forensic science within the criminal justice process has been highlighted as an issue in a series of high profile reports dating back more than a decade. A forensic scientist has to be able to effectively communicate complex scientific ideas across multidisciplinary borders including the police, lawyers and jurors, whilst concurrently being restrained by processes and procedures which exist within the criminal justice process. Communication research has begun to be undertaken to try and clarify and identify what causes some of the problems in communicating forensic science, to suggest how these might be addressed and to assess the efficacy of new approaches
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1396
Number of pages8
JournalWIREs Forensic Science
Issue number2
Early online date12 Sept 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • forensic science
  • forensic scientist
  • law
  • science communication
  • science communication jury


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