1 Med. Sci. & L. 1 (1960-1961)

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                                      and the LAW

   Vol.  I              October   1960               No.   i


By  contrast with progress in other scientific fields the forensic
sciences in this country have suffered from apathy and ignorance
which  has sometimes  resulted in retrogression. Determined to
reverse this process a number of those whose work lies in the courts
and who are concerned with assisting the course of justice, not merely
in the criminal courts but also in civil actions, came together to form
the British Academy of Forensic Sciences with Dr. Leon Radzinowicz,
Professor of Criminology  at Cambridge  University, as the first
   The objects of the Academy are to encourage the study, improve
the practice and advance the knowledge of the forensic sciences.
Its purpose is to provide a common ground on which the members
of the professions concerned can meet and, by discussion, see their
own  work from  other aspects. The Academy  therefore provides a
cross-fertilisation of minds, for which there was no real opportunity
before, and by its special committee and in its meetings, it will foster
research and education in the belief that new advances can be so
achieved and  in order to encourage a  greater awareness in all
scientists of the importance of forensic science.
   The Academy   is alive to the importance of a proper professional
standard amongst its members, and in order to maintain this standard
a special Ethics Committee has been formed.
   One  way  of  furthering the Academy's objects is to publish
suitable material of a high standard and that this Journal now sets
out to do. It takes its name from the three sections of the Academy
and will devote its pages each quarter to presenting articles and


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