book review

Review of Roberts, Paul and Stockdale, Michael (eds), Forensic Science Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony: Reliability Through Reform? Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, xxii + 431 pp, hb £120.00 (eBook version from £22/$31).

Alex Biedermann


If forensic science and expert witness testimony were areas where everything worked perfectly, there would be no need for this book. Unfortunately, the reality is different. The usage of science in legal proceedings is affected by continuing struggles and intricate systemic problems. This book addresses two themes: evidential reliability and institutional reform. These themes are used as lenses through which the authors examine the practical and theoretical challenges that derive from problematic and faulty forensic science.

Published July 2019
Frequency Bi-Monthly
Volume 82
Issue 4
Print ISSN 0026-7961
Online ISSN 1468-2230