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Forensic Testing - Is your
conviction safe ?
New details have emerged about forensic testing deficiencies at
two of the country's leading laboratories. Police are currently
investigating the circumstances, and a number of people have
Randox Testing Services (RTS) and Trimega Laboratories handle
samples for some of the most high-profile criminal and family
law cases, the accuracy of the tests being of paramount
importance to people facing criminal prosecution for offences
ranging from drink driving to murder.
Home Office Minister Nick Hurd told
“Most drug tests from RTS between 2013 and 2017 are being
treated as potentially unreliable. RTS was mainly commissioned by
individual police forces when investigating criminal offences.”
It is believed that the results from as many as 10,000 tests could
be under question.
Is Your Conviction Safe?
If a conviction in your case rested wholly or
partially on the reliability of forensic tests, it is
essential that you seek further legal advice.
While the Crown Prosecution Service will be carrying out a
review into criminal cases, this will take a considerable period of
time, and many will question whether the body that brought the
prosecution in the first place is ideally placed to make decisions
as to the safety or otherwise of a conviction.
Those affected will, therefore, wish to consider whether any
further forensic testing ought to take place, and even whether or
not there are grounds to appeal. All convictions will need to be
considered on a case by case basis.
Even if your cases did not involve the two laboratories currently
under investigation, this scandal throws a spotlight on the
hidden world of forensic testing and calls in to doubt results
from other forensic testing providers.
How We Can Assist
Regardless of whether we handled your case initially our
experienced team of lawyers has the expertise to ensure the
safety of your conviction is beyond question.
If you believe that inaccurate forensic testing may have led you
to be wrongfully convicted
(and that includes pleading guilty to an offence)
01904 666 888