Forensic science is the application of any scientific method and technique to aid legal investigations. The term derives from the Latin word ‘forensis’, meaning ‘of or before the forum’. In ancient Rome the accused and the accuser would join before a selection of members of the public in a forum, where any legal decisions were debated. A forensic investigation will begin at a scene of crime, at which the scene is documented and information is gathered in the form of statements and physical evidence. An extensive analysis of the evidence is conducted, after which conclusions may be reached and a case tried in a court of law.
Forensic science is essentially an umbrella term for dozens of specialised fields of work, each of which will be covered throughout this website. The purpose of this site is to provide readers with an insight into the techniques and methods utilised throughout forensic investigations simultaneously providing an array of website links, articles, and information on an education and career in forensics. Feel free to visit the forum, where you can engage in various discussions with others sharing an interest in the field. If you have any feedback to give regarding the site and its contents, you can email me or leave a comment in the guestbook.