May 10 2011

What is forensics or forensic science?

Category: Law,Science


Forensic ScienceForensics (also known as forensic science) is a term used to describe the use of science to systematically analyze and accumulate evidence, which can be used in a court of law, to answer questions regarding a specific crime or civil offense. Forensic science isn’t limited to one field. It can extend into a broad range of subcategories that utilize a variety of techniques to obtain relevant legal data and evidence. Some examples of notable forensic science specialties include:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Biology
  • Forensic Document Examination
  • Forensic Economics
  • Forensic Engineering
  • Forensic Entomology
  • Forensic Geology
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Forensic Odontology
  • Forensic Meteorology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Forensic Photography
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Toxicology
  • Digital/Computer Forensics

The difference between CSI (Crime Scene Investigation) and forensics is that CSI involves the analysis of the physical evidence at the scene of a crime, whereas forensics takes place in a lab or other controlled environment. CSI is a process that gives investigators the information necessary to create a re-enactment at the scene of the crime so that information can be applied to law enforcement and any future legal proceedings.

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