Forensic scientist

Forensic Scientists provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defense in criminal and civil investigations.

The data this specialist collects, analyses, and maps is typically included as evidence at a trial, hearing, or lawsuit. They apply scientific procedures and techniques to the examination of physical evidence that may assist in legal investigations.

Forensic scientists may perform the following tasks:

  • produce reports, appear in court and present scientific and/or opinion testimony accurately and in a manner which is readily understood by the court
  • make presentations to a wide variety of audiences on the work of forensic scientists
  • keep contact with, and provide advice to, police investigators, scientists and pathologists across a broad range of disciplines
  • attend and examine scenes of crimes
  • recording findings from scenes of crimes or accidents
  • inputting relevant data into computer programs
  • presenting results of work in written form or by giving oral evidence
  • justifying findings under cross-examination in courts of law
  • researching and developing new techniques
  • liaising with team members
  • coordinating with outside agencies and offering expert advice
  • analysing and interpreting results and computer data
  • liaising with police to establish forensic strategies