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Science, law and the administration of justice in Irish criminal process: expectations, role and disconnect
Moroney, Eimear Marie
University College Cork
Recourse to forensic capabilities is on an upward trajectory; yet, concurrently, international scandals have brought the fallibility of forensic science into sharp focus. As such, this thesis explores forensic science’s role in Irish criminal process in the light of expectations thereof. Against a backdrop of academic literature and research from other jurisdictions, Irish legislation, caselaw and policy documentation are examined with a view to delineating perceptions and applications of forensic science at key junctures, from crime scene to court. Thereafter, having regard to qualitative data specifically generated for this inquiry, this thesis endeavours to afford the reader hitherto unseen insights into how forensic science and its role is perceived by those working at the coalface of Irish criminal process, providing a valuable window into aspects of the criminal justice continuum, such as investigative decision-making, inter-agency communications, prosecutorial and defence stratagems. Ultimately, it is hoped that these “insider” perspectives, in conjunction with “official” commentary, will enable the identification of potential disconnect between expectations and the actuality of forensic science in Ireland.
Evidence , Law and science , Forensic science , Criminal justice
Moroney, E. M. 2018. Science, law and the administration of justice in Irish criminal process: expectations, role and disconnect. PhD Thesis, University College Cork.