Forensic Foundations provides one or two day workshops for professionals or organizations whose expertise may be called upon by the legal system.
Since 2008 we have assisted hundreds of experts with 95% positive feedback.
Workshops are tailored to the needs and experience of the participants – no two workshops are identical.
Some of the workshops we conduct are:
Legal awareness training
From Collection to Court
Withstanding Legal Scrutiny
Expert witness training
Advanced Court Skills
Discipline specific training
Seminars differ from workshops in that they are shorter in duration and are less interactive – although questions are encouraged.
Seminars and speakers can be arranged for any group on topics including:
Forensic Foundations offers individual training for experts called to give evidence. This training will not cover case specific issues but will cover the general issues and concerns experience by those about to give evidence.
Whilst there is a common law prohibition against coaching or training of witnesses, here is an exception (found in MOMODOU, Henry; LIMANI, Beher  EWCA Crim 177 at 62)
Forensic Foundations provides one or two day workshops for legal practitioners.
Since 2008 we have assisted many lawyers with 95% positive feedback.
DNA for Legal Practitioners
Forensic Biology for Legal Practitioners
Bayesian Reasoning and Statistics
Quality Management and the Law
Forensic Foundations can provide advice or a consultancy service including case review with respect to DNA testing for both civil and criminal matters.
We are also able to refer you to experts in other fields.
Forensic Foundation is cognizant with and abides with the HARMONISED EXPERT WITNESS CODE OF CONDUCT including the General Duties to the Court
An expert witness is not an advocate for a party and has a paramount duty, overriding any duty to the party to the proceedings or other person retaining the expert witness, to assist the Court impartially on matters relevant to the area of expertise of the witness.
You use experts because of their expertise in a particular field. However, they may not be experts in being expert witnesses and all that entails.
Whilst there is a common law prohibition against coaching or training of witnesses, there is an exception (found in MOMODOU, Henry; LIMANI, Beher  EWCA Crim 177 at 62).
Forensic Foundations offers individual training /support for experts called to wrote reports and/or give evidence. This training will not cover case specific issues but will cover the general issues and concerns experience by those about to give evidence.
Forensic Foundations provides end-to-end forensic proficiency tests encompassing all parts of real casework, rather than the traditional analytical stage only.
We are currently offering a range of 2018/19 tests in the subcategories of Document Examination, Chemical Criminalistics and Biology.
There are a number of other tests in the design stage so bookmark this page for future reference.
If you have a particular proficiency test or inter-laboratory collaborative test requirement, we may be able to assist you.
Forensic Document Examination
Inter-Lab collaborative Study (Chem Crim)
When you purchase a ‘Training Kit’, you will receive the test samples, associated paperwork and the manufacturer’s information.
This test has no external review and can be used for training purposes.
Additional tests are bought in conjunction with a Proficiency test. Each additional test will receive a unique test identifier and the relevant paperwork.
The test will be undertaken using the proficiency test samples (assuming the original testing is non-destructive) and the results will be submitted for review and inclusion in the final report.
The final report including manufacturer’s information can be provided for each test if requested.
Once a proficiency test has been completed and the final report has been distributed to the participants, the report will be uploaded.
As the Forensic Foundations’ Proficiency Testing has only been recently developed, a sample report, for demonstration purposes has been uploaded
You may be exploring this series of tutes because you:
These tutes are designed so that you can move through them in a logical sequence at your own pace. Each tute comprises of a number of modules followed by a short quiz.
Provision of Expert Evidence
The Australian Legal system and an Introduction to Evidence
Writing the report
Giving evidence in Court
Coming soon. We are the process of producing:
Statistics for Forensic Science
Forensic DNA Profiling
Using the test samples and paperwork provided with the original challenge test, additional participants can undertake the test and submit their results for review
Final report including manufacturer’s instructions provided for each test if requested.
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A fatal hit run occurred. Automotive paint flakes were recovered from the scene.
Participants will be provided with the paint flakes and samples collected from a number of suspect vehicles.
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