Forensic service branches across various government agencies provide expert analysis and advice on civil emergencies, criminal investigations, and the coroners’ inquiries into reportable deaths.
These services are increasingly important in detecting crime and convicting criminals. Delays to forensic testing and analysis can reduce the chances of successfully detecting and apprehending offenders and can delay the administration of justice. Failures of quality assurance in the system can lead to the failure of prosecutions and, in extreme cases, to miscarriages of justice.
The availability of an increasing range of forensic tests along with the more regular use of forensics for volume crime (such as burglary, robbery, and vehicle crime) has increased the number of tests conducted in all jurisdictions, including Queensland. While beneficial, this growth can also have significant cost, resource and efficiency implications.