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A specialist in the collection and examination of the physical evidence of crime.

crim′i·nal·is′tics n.
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1. (Sociology) dialect US a person who collects and analyses forensic evidence from the scene of a crime
2. (Law) a person who has knowledge of criminal law
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A veterinary forensic science program to investigate animal crimes and injuries was launched by Taipei's animal protection authorities on Sunday (July 28).
LAHORE -- Punjab Forensic Science Laboratory has denied the media reports regarding the Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Arshad Malik disputed video and clarified that it did'nt issue any confirmation regarding the video.
The services of Muhammad Akram were placed at the disposal of Director General Punjab Forensic Science Agency for his further adjustment as Additional Director General (Admin and Finance) Punjab Forensic Science Agency against a vacant post, according to a notification issued by Chief Secretary Punjab Yousaf Naseem Khokhar.
FORENSIC science is a compelling piece of the puzzle in most crime dramas.
FORENSIC science in Wales and England has plunged into crisis - raising the risk of crimes going unsolved and miscarriages of justice occurring, a new report warns.
Forensic science in England and Wales has plunged into crisis, raising the risk of crimes going unsolved and miscarriages of justice occurring, a new report warns.
RAWALPINDI -- Even as forensic departments have started accepting and examining samples in different parts of Punjab such as Gujranwala and Multan, the forensic science office in Rawalpindi division along with those in Sargodha and Faisalabad have yet to start working.
Ballou, MS, will lead the scientific community of nearly 5,000 national and international forensic professionals to discuss advances in the forensic sciences and hold discussions on the science, environments, and challenges that impact forensic science practitioners.
The aim of the event is to review recent experiments and practices in the fields of forensic science and forensics, examine the latest scientific and research developments in forensic sciences and medicine, promote cooperation between the ASFSFM and regional and international institutions specializing in forensic sciences and medicine, showcase distinguished scientific research, and promote cooperation and the sharing of expertise.
31 (BNA): Director-General of Criminal Investigation and Forensic Science (CIFS) has participated in GCC Forensic Science Conference in the UAE.
Synopsis: Forensic science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly (on the criminal side) during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.
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