Evolution and Application of Scientific and Forensic Evidence at Courts: Are the Stakeholders Keeping Up?

GLC Law and Policy Review, Volume II, ISSN Number 2518-9135, 2018

14 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2020

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Harleen Kaur

National Institute of Public Finance and Policy

Date Written: July 30, 2018

Abstract

Forensic and scientific methods of investigation and evidence are problematic to define because of their dynamic nature. Instead, the laws define the ‘experts’ who could help the investigating authorities and court in adducing forensic or scientifically determined investigations. The Supreme Court of India, as well as various High Courts in India, have developed a complex understanding of this field with experience. However, the understanding and knowledge of jurisprudence does not seem to convert into better training of such experts and investigative officers at the grass-root level. This paper attempts to understand the linkage between low conviction rates in India with the aforementioned lack of precipitation of knowledge regarding scientific methods of investigation and evidence. This paper also attempts to offer a simple and cost-effective solution to the defined problem.

Keywords: Forensic evidence, scientific evidence, criminal justice, evidence law, expert evidence, courts

JEL Classification: K40, K14, K42

Suggested Citation

Kaur, Harleen, Evolution and Application of Scientific and Forensic Evidence at Courts: Are the Stakeholders Keeping Up? (July 30, 2018). GLC Law and Policy Review, Volume II, ISSN Number 2518-9135, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3499592 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3499592

Harleen Kaur (Contact Author)

National Institute of Public Finance and Policy ( email )

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