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February 27, 2013 Richard Hartley

Forensic Photography – A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

As we embark into what looks like a fresh round of proposed changes and cuts to the legal aid budget, all eyes are focussed on how to get the most from criminal case preparation whilst keeping the firm’s costs proportionate. Despite the current view of the administration, an effective and fair criminal justice system is an expensive thing and good legal teams cost money. You only have to ask someone who has been accused of a crime what difference a tenacious and dedicated lawyer can make to their case and well being achat en ligne viagra. The financial squeeze is well and truly on and whilst law firms are taking stock on staffing levels and work load, many are releasing the cost and time saving qualities of forensic photography within their practice budget.

The Power Of Forensic Photography

The old saying has always been that a picture is worth a thousand words and this has never been more true for the legal profession. As more and more criminal cases have evidence served in an electronic format and the inherent problem of  bottlenecks for disclosure, there is much more of an onus placed on the criminal defence solicitor in being pro active with the case at hand. In many cases before the court there are issues of location, area layout, situation of witnesses, view points and obstacles to line of sight that all have to be considered.

Effective Case Preparation

Taking effective and clear instructions from lay clients can be a difficult process which is further exacerbated if the circumstances are drawn out and complicated. By utilising a system of forensic photography and locus reports it can clear many matters up and give you a straight forward direction for case preparation and it’s eventual presentation before the court.

Forensic photography enables the effective preparation of cross examination for witnesses who were present at the scene. When the witness statements are read in conjunction with the photographs and locus report, any weaknesses in the eye witness evidence soon becomes apparent. By adding forensic photography and locus reports to any case preparation exercise it can both highlight strengths and weaknesses in the evidence and allows you to deal with “definites” as opposed to the “maybes”.

Making The Evidence Clear

Even for the most experienced Solicitor or Barrister, attempting to present a locus specific case to a Court by advocacy alone, can be a difficult affair. There is much that can be lost in the explanation and inferences which can be drawn by the Court. When cross examining eye witnesses to the incident, it is highly difficult to test the veracity of their evidence when no one has any visual evidence as to the specific location in question. Forensic photography can prove in a positive way, whether or not a witness could actually have seen what they said. It is of no surprise that witnesses can be genuinely mistaken when making their original witness statements. It is only when presented with good, clear and detailed forensic photographic evidence can their original interpretation of the incident be effectively challenged.

All cases turn on the credibility of the evidence heard before the Court. The benefit of forensic photography is that is can speak for itself. When presented with a detailed, well drafted locus report and clear photographs any witness is left with little room to manoeuvre should their evidence need to be challenged.

What To Do Now

Forensic Image are market leaders in providing forensic evidential services for the legal profession. They have a specialist team dedicated to forensic photography for both criminal and civil cases.

Contacting Forensic Image is easy. You can call their expert team on 01925 654 555 or click here to send them an email.

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