Forensic Statement Writing

Forensic Statement Writing

The structure of the forensic science statement is of paramount importance in meeting the requirements of the Criminal Justice System. The forensic science statement must be impartial, logical and must convey the meaning and limitations of forensic test results without ambiguity. Taught by practicing forensic scientists.

Entry and Admissions


Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:


Course Length:

5 days


School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

No set dates

Entry Requirements:

Relevant operational experience.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Through the use of case studies, worked examples and discussion groups, this course outlines the legal requirements of forensic statements, highlights best practice for statement writing, and helps delegates to develop their own writing style and hone their science writing skills. The course is designed for practitioners from all forensic disciplines, and evidence type-specific syndicate groups will focus on issues relating to delegates’ own areas of expertise. This course is presented by a team of experienced expert witnesses from a range of specialisms.

Highlights of the course:

  • Structure of the forensic science statement
  • Translating strategy and identifying propositions
  • The nature of purpose and conclusion
  • Likelihood ratios and the verbal scale of support
  • Principles of interpretation and stating assumptions
  • Technical issue writing
  • Receipt of items and continuity
  • Disclosure and other legal requirements
  • Tailoring to the reader’s needs
  • The use of jargon
  • Streamlined Forensic Reports

Learning Environment & Assessment:

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Learning outcome & aims

On completion of this course, delegates will have a thorough understanding of the requirements of forensic science statements and a good awareness of acceptable and unacceptable phraseology. This will be the basis for the continuing development of a personal writing style.

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