An Introduction to Forensic Science

What is Forensic Science

Forensic science refers to application of various fields of science and technology to establish facts about a crime and find evidence that can be used in both civil and criminal law. The word “forensic” originates from the Latin word “forensis” which translates into “before the forum”, “public”. The selection of the name is quite appropriate because just like today, in the times of ancient Romans both the defendant and persecutor had to publicly present evidence to support their story. But the ancient Romans didn’t do it in the court but before a group of people in the forum.

Fields of Forensic Science

A forensic scientist typically specialises in one of the following fields of forensic science: