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Westminster Commission Inquiry on Forensic Science Launched

(Posted on 01/12/22)

Westminster Commission Inquiry on Forensic Science Launched
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Miscarriages of Justice has announced the launch of the Westminster Commission on Forensic Science. Over the next 18 months, a Westminster Commission inquiry, co-chaired by Baroness Sue Black and Professor Angela Gallop, will be taking evidence over a series of sessions conducted in Westminster and online. It will be seeking submissions from forensic scientists, academics, lawyers and police investigators as well as victims of miscarriage of justice and their representatives.

“Our reputation as the global gold standard for forensic sciences has been badly tarnished over the last decade. Today we launch an investigation into the state of the sector and we do that as a result of our concern that the innocent are being wrongly convicted,” comments Barry Sheerman MP, co-chair of the APPGMJ. “The Westminster Commission on Forensic Science will shine a light on the sector and how its ‘products’ are used, and make recommendations to drive up quality and reliability in this important but overlooked corner of the justice system.”

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