Forensic science regulator launches investigation into a number of expert witnesses

The “smoke and mirror” tactics of defence lawyers in drink-driving cases have been criticised by the government’s forensic science regulator, who has launched an investigation into the work of a number of expert witnesses.

The review was triggered by a recent high court judgment that raised concerns about defence teams requesting the disclosure of vast amounts of “irrelevant” technical information in order to challenge the reliability of breathalyser and blood alcohol test results.

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