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The Effectiveness of Forensic Science in the Criminal Justice System

Project Member(s): Roux, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)

Start year: 2010

Summary: Policing plays a major role in combating crime in the community, reassuring and assisting persons affected by crime so that they can continue, or return, to enjoying their lives. Forensic science is increasingly relied upon by law enforcement to solve crime, and by the judicial system to prosecute offenders. However, the value and impact of forensic science has yet to be established. Through a comprehensive examination of forensic science usage in the criminal justice system in Victoria and ACT, this research will develop an evidence-based best-practice model for using forensic science efficiently and effectively. This will benefit the Australian community through the achievement of better and more cost effective criminal justice outcomes.


Bruenisholz, E, Prakash, S, Ross, A, Morelato, M, O’Malley, T, Raymond, T, Ribaux, O, Roux, CP & Walsh, S 2016, 'The intelligent use of forensic data: an introduction to the principles', Forensic Science Policy & Management: An International Journal, vol. 7, no. 1-2, pp. 21-29.
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Ribaux, O, Crispino, F, Delémont, O & Roux, C 2016, 'The progressive opening of forensic science toward criminological concerns', Security Journal, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 543-560.
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Roux, C, Julian, R, Kelty, S & Ribaux, O 2014, 'Forensic Science Effectiveness' in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer New York, pp. 1795-1805.
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Keywords: Policing; Social research; Criminal Justice; Forensic Science; Intelligence

FOR Codes: Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Police Administration, Procedures and Practice, Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems), Causes and Prevention of Crime