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Courts are going to reject test secrecy

Courts are going to reject test secrecy

There is often a severe mismatch between the government's goal to commercialize forensic science and the requirement on courts for directness, according to a leading forensic expert.

Peter Gill said that UK courts wouldn't accept forensic tests whose details are kept secret because of commercial confidentiality problems. He said this could avoid proper scrutiny of forensic methods.

Professor Gill also warned the nation's DNA Database needed upgrades urgently. And without them, the UK resource would fall behind comparable systems utilized in other countries. Late past year, the federal government asserted the Forensic Science Service would be wound up, adding that as many of its operations as probable were to be sold off or transferred.

The Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and also the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) agreed to set up a working group to ensure a "smooth transition" since the Forensic Science Service (FSS) was wound down.