Fingerprint identification

How far have we come

Chris LENNARD

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Abstract

Fingerprint identification has been an accepted forensic discipline for more than 110 years. But how far have we come with respect to the interpretation and reporting of fingerprint evidence? Should the discipline follow the DNA lead and introduce mathematical models for the assessment of fingerprint evidence, with the statistic' - the number generated by the model - then becoming the evidence presented in court? Further to this, and with respect to evidence that can be given a statistical value, to what extent are we meeting our professional obligation to ensure that the weight of the evidence we present in court is fully understood and not misinterpreted?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-367
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Journal of Forensic Sciences
Volume45
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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