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Forensic scientists provide impartial scientific evidence for use in courts of law to support the prosecution or defence in criminal and civil investigations.
They are primarily concerned with searching for and examining contact trace material associated with crimes. This material can include:
Although evidence is usually presented in writing as a formal statement of evidence or report, forensic scientists may have to attend court to give their evidence in person.
Job activities depend on the area of forensics in which you work. The main areas are:
Within these areas, the work usually involves:
However, there is a degree of cross-over and typical work activities are likely to include some or all of the following:
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