– Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in
Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence
From March 2017 to September 2018 (around 470 hours training, 20 ECTS).
To further develop practioners’ skills in managing forensic interpretation issues from case reception to court (latest statistical methods, Bayesian networks, efficient communication of results, practical inferential problems solving, Standard Operating Procedures development, etc). For more information.
– Essentials of Interpretation – short course
From March 2017 to September 2017 (around 150 hours training, 5 ECTS).
To enable practioners to address challenging casework, explain their reasoning in court
and feel at ease with expert debate and published literature on interpretation. For more information.
Example of testimonials:
« I have found the material of the course (Certificate of Advanced Studies) to be excellent. As well as providing a good solid foundation for LR theory it has really got me thinking about how I can be the most helpful to the court. It outlines an approach for considering problems within a logical framework and uses real-world cases (or you can use you own cases) to apply the theory. I find myself looking at many aspects of casework, and in particular the questioning I receive from lawyers and police in a new light. »
Duncan Taylor | Forensic Science South Australia
«Since completing the 2014 Essentials of Forensic Interpretation course, I have personally promoted it at every appropriate opportunity. Essentials of Forensic Interpretation is a great course and I have professionally benefited so much from it».
Charles Eggleston|Eggleston Forensic Services, LLC Scientific examination of questioned documents & handwriting
«In the past, I heard from time to time about the Bayesian approach in the forensic field. As a scientist, I first thought that this approach was only good for database applications and that it did not concern me within normal case work, because I had no reliable databases available. In addition, I thought that I knew enough about statistics and that the introduction of uncertain information in casework would be dangerous. During the years, I had to recognize that I could not ignore the Bayesian approach, because a lot of people and scientific papers spoke about it. Therefore, I decided to look at that topic closer to fight correctly against these new ideas and I subscribed to the online course « Essentials of interpretation ».
Everything seemed to me quite theoretical and not applicable to real cases. Until I worked on my own examples, first a difficult fire investigation after a road accident where a woman died what turned to a possible murder case and second the likelihood ratio calculation of a fired bullet comparison. Both examples showed me that the Bayesian approach that I learned in that online course was very useful, both for activity level questions as in the murder case and for source level questions with our firearm comparison database. Since then, I do not fight against the Bayesian approach any more, and I apply it to a lot of questions.
This online course helped me to change profoundly my way of thinking during my daily work and I’m glad that I did that course. It should be mandatory for all prosecutors, judges, police investigators, defense lawyers and forensic staff. »
Martin Lory | Head of criminalistics | Forensic Institute Zurich