Free online course: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert

The NIJ has released a free, self-paced online course on The course is designed to be an introduction that provides a comprehensive discussion of recommended practices for the forensic expert to follow when preparing for and testifying in court.

The course is presented in 13 modules, including:

  • Sources of scientific evidence
  • Report writing and supporting documentation
  • Importance of case preparation
  • Subpoenas vs. promises to appear
  • Affidavits
  • Being a court-appointed expert
  • Discovery
  • General testifying tips
  • Depositions
  • Pretrial
  • Trial
  • Post-trial, pre-sentencing
  • Ethics for experts

Click here to learn more about the course.

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Six interchangeable LED lamps

highlight the features of the OPTIMAX Multi-Lite Forensic Inspection Kit from Spectronics Corporation. This portable kit is designed for crime-scene investigation, gathering evidence, and work in the forensic laboratory. The LEDs provide six single-wavelength light sources, each useful for specific applications, from bodily fluids to fingerprints. The wavelengths are: UV-A (365 nm), blue (450 nm), green (525 nm), amber (590 nm), red (630 nm), and white light (400-700 nm). The cordless flashlight weighs only 15 oz. To learn more, go to: