National Courts and Sciences Institute
National Courts & Sciences Institute

Molecular and Comparative Forensics

 

THIS 60-HOUR PROGRAM TRAINS RESOURCE JUDGES IN EMERGING, TRACE EVIDENCE AND PORTABLE FORENSIC SCIENCES AND IN TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE RELEVANT TO THE WORK OF THE COURTS

NCSI is partnering with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Applied Chemical and Materials Division, Boulder, Colorado.  Thomas J.Bruno, Ph,D., is this concentration’s chief science advisor. Dr. Bruno is the Division’s Director for the Laboratory on Experimental Properties of Fluids.  The Phase 1 training program launches June 7-9, 2017, at Boulder for 12 resource judges.

Phases 2 and 3 launch with 24 judges and 6 judicial educators each in June 2018 and 2019.  NCSI plans to certify 60 resource judges for jurisdictions nationwide in three years.  These resource judges in turn produce background desk books and design judicial education programs for their jurisdictions.  The forensics concentration will produce a video overview and a case management background statement for use by court systems. 

For further information, please contact Hon. Cheryl Johnson, executive officer for the Forensics Concentration.  She is a judge, retired, of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and a science graduate of Ohio State University.  Judge Johnson may be reached a cajohnson1@earthlink.net.

The state judges co-chair for this concentration is Hon. William H. Hooks, Judge, Criminal Division, Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago. The federal judge co-chair for this project is awaiting appointment.