Justice

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 20 March 2003.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

Question S1W-34143

To ask the Scottish Executive whether any fingerprint evidence brought by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in criminal cases in the last five years from experts working for the Scottish Criminal Records Office (SCRO) arose from a technique employed by that office that can be, and has been, tested against national and international best practice; if so, what testing against such best practice has been undertaken in respect of such evidence and what the results of the tests were.

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

Question S1W-34144

To ask the Scottish Executive whether any fingerprint evidence brought by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in criminal cases in the last five years from experts working for the Scottish Criminal Records Office arises from a technique, as operated by that office, that has been subjected to peer review and publication and, if so, what peer review and publication.

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

Question S1W-34145

To ask the Scottish Executive whether fingerprint evidence brought by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in criminal cases in the last five years from experts working for the Scottish Criminal Records Office has been scrutinised in the light of known or potential rates of error for the technique used in relation to this evidence and against the international standards controlling that technique’s operation and, if so, what scrutiny has been undertaken and what the results of such scrutiny were.

Photo of Jim Wallace Jim Wallace Liberal Democrat

The report of Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary's (HMIC) Primary Inspection 2000 of SCRO’s Fingerprint Bureau provides detailed information about, among other things, process, quality, standards and performance at the time of the inspection. The report can be found on the HMIC Website at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/hmic/docs/fppi-00.asp . Further detailed information may also be found in the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland Presidential Review Report at this address http://www.scottish.police.uk/main/campaigns/interim/interim.htm .

I have also asked the SCRO to write to the member about action taken to review Fingerprint Bureau practice.

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