Forensic Science Laboratory Certification

In order to understand this topic, the nature of law and legal process must be understood. I start by saying that there is no way we can use an illegal thing to legalize another. I believe the law should follow a process and a deviation from this would be an aberration from the due process of law. It should then be the case that whatever is used to bring about justice must in itself be lawful. I start with the premise that Forensic Science Laboratories have to meet certification standards before evidence collected and analyzed by them can be admissible in court.

I believe that what should be admissible in the court of law must have a legal backing. The claim that accreditation is not significant presupposes the idea that ‘whatever goes’ and that what matters is the end and not the means used to get to that end. Furthermore, any evidence that should be admissible must be from recognized expert in that field. The question is how would is it possible to claim that the evidence is really true if the person who made the research and is giving the evidence can not be recognized by the law.

Moreover, what I am saying is not that these Forensic Laboratories are always presenting the wrong evidence. What I am saying is that without credibility, it is impossible to be trusted with the outcome of justice in the court. Apart from this, another argument is that forensic laboratories are not well-funded. The price of purchasing these equipments is high and quite expensive. However, there are demands for these researches and the government can not fully exhaust them.

In conclusion, I want to argue that the fact that criminal cases require research and forensic study that the government alone can not handle does not give a good reason to accept the evidence that is brought by these unaccredited forensic laboratories. What can be done is if the criterion for accreditation is lowered, many more forensic laboratories would be accredited but thinking of accepting their analysis and research without accreditation would be using illegality to promote justice. Reference: John Tucker, May God Have Mercy: A True Story of Crime and Punishment (New York: Dell, 1998).