We also offer a service UNIQUE to the UK and the rest of Europe as far as we can tell : that of the Second Opinion. This is a second report of an independent expert who can corroborate the processes, data sets and findings of our original report.
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Strathclyde Forensics provides expert witness services for every issue of digital forensics and electronic crime.
Apart from our own investigations and reporting, we also provide auditing of the reports of other experts and the police. Auditing of police reports has become one of our main areas of interest, as it is sometimes more efficient for legal professionals, with our help to make their case for the defense by identifying mistakes in the police report.
It is the job of an expert witness to explain to the court and the jury the technical and scientific facts of a case. Although someone is hired as an expert witness by a lawyer, and can advise on the case, when giving evidence in court, the expert has a duty to the court.
This may sound a conflict of interest, but it actually is not. The hiring solicitor can always exclude the expert witness and his testimony if that is not to the benefit of their client. In most jurisdictions, the defense has no responsibility to disclose to the prosecutor any damaging information (as the prosecutors are the ones with the burden of proof).
Most of the times the expert witnesses do not reach the court room. In the UK the average of prosecutions that actually go through a trial is around 5%.
It is however wise, and a requirement of due diligence for a lawyer to request the advice of an expert, when technical and scientific elements are involved.
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