n South African Journal of Criminal Justice - Expert evidence : recommendations for future research

Volume 19, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1011-8527
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2118



The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) requested the South African Unit for Expert Evidence and Forensic Skills, based in the Faculty of Law at Rhodes University, to undertake a collaborative research project 'Science for Prosecutors'. The present author was consultant to this project, the major contributor and editor of the final report. This article outlines the focal points of the research project mentioned above and summarizes the recommendations which flowed from the research undertaken. The first five chapters of the report provide an overview of the law within which science must be integrated. The following chapters deal with a range of expert evidence - from syndrome evidence, DNA evidence, fingerprinting evidence, forensic investigation by examining computers and the use of behavioural evidence in sentencing. After a review of the entire report, the present author has formulated 14 recommendations for future action and further research projects, which may be seen as the essence of this article.

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