Forensic Science Regulator legal guidance
Guidance on legal obligations for expert witnesses and those involved in forensic pathology investigations.
This collection includes guidance issued by the Forensic Science Regulator on dealing with legal issues which can arise in the practice of forensic science and forensic pathology.
There are 2 different guidance documents issued by the regulator:
- guidance on legal obligations
- guidance on legal issues in forensic pathology and tissue retention
Guidance on legal obligations
This applies to expert witnesses acting in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. It provides information on the requirements imposed by:
- the statute
- case law
- criminal procedure rules
- criminal practice directions
Guidance on legal issues in forensic pathology and tissue retention
This guidance sets out a framework for those involved in the investigation of violent or suspicious death to ensure that they comply with the various legal requirements.
It gives advice on:
- the interaction of the coroners law (eg Coroners and Justice Act 2009)
- law relating to criminal investigations (eg Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996)
- law relating to human tissue (eg Human Tissue Act 2004)
It also sets out how these apply to the practice of forensic pathology.
Current guidance on legal issues and obligations.
This guidance is now out of date. You should only refer to these versions to find out what this guidance said at the time of a specific case.