Few would seriously argue that the application of scientific investigation is an essential element of justice systems around the world. However, a good number would argue that those of us entrusted with the delivery of science are not getting it right. Issues would include poor service delivery, poor science and inadequate standards. Mistakes in science have contributed to wrongful convictions and the very basis of some of our science has been seriously challenged. This paper will attempt to answer whether or not we have failed as badly as some would assert. A way forward is presented based on accepting forensic science is a true profession and building on those aspects that underpin a profession.