Q.1- Who is a Forensic Expert as per the requirement of the Court?
Ans- According to Federal Rule 26(2-b), before an expert witness can offer testimony, that person must provide a written summary opinion discussing the testimonial subject matter, substance of facts and opinion, basis for opinion, reports, a list of all publications authored by the witness in the preceding ten years, a record of all previous testimony including depositions for the last four years, disclosure statement, report signed by the expert, and disclosing attorney. The disclosure statement generally includes the following information regarding the expert: qualifications; scope of engagement; information relied upon in formulating opinion; summary of opinion; qualifications and publications; compensation; and signature of both expert and disclosing attorney. Even though many states have adopted the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, including Rule 26, parties should consult their own jurisdiction regarding rules of discovery and corresponding requirements.
Q.2- Why you should choose us for getting trained?
Ans- Because we feel that we are in the Court evidence field for years and we have all the requisites. There is a vast difference between Forensic qualified and Court qualified professionals. In Forensic education, practicing experience is not taught. Before you join us, we would satisfy you that we are actually the Court qualified experts having submitted thousands of Court opinions and also having experience of facing cross-examinations. We will show you the summons issued by the various Hon'ble Courts of India and abroad. Once you are satisfied, only then we proceed with the training and it is your right to investigate whether the person WHO IS TRAINING YOU IS A RIGHT PERSON OR NOT as there are lots of institutions claiming themselves as forensic trainers. Without practical training of this science, one can never be a successful professional. We will show you the real Court cases done by us.
Q.3- How it can be confirmed whether the Online/Distance Forensic Education & Training Provider is really a 'highly experienced Court-qualified forensic expert' or 'competent enough to train students as EXPERTS in Courts'?
Ans- You can ask him to show "Court Summons" for evidence which bear stamp of Court, name of parties and name of forensic experts. You can ask him to show the copies of handwriting opinions, fingerprint opinions and most importantly ask him to show the assignment letters and real Court verdicts/judgments in a span of more than 10 years. You should see the dates on summons and assignment letters to verify the period of Court practice.
According to an article published in Mid-Day - "A majority of the half-a-dozen private forensic science laboratories that have sprung up across the city and its surrounding districts are allegedly duping unsuspecting people by claiming they have expertise to conduct high-end forensic tests and offer diploma courses in forensic science. In many cases, they even outsource work to government-run forensic labs but charge customers much higher rates than what the government agency would charge for a similar test.
At present there are 18 such private laboratories, which are operational across the country, including in Mumbai and Pune and most of them have an online presence as well. Each of these agencies claim on their respective websites, that they provide forensic services for questioned documents, cyber forensics, finger printing, audio-video forensics and forensic toxicology. Most of the services do not just require expertise but also high-end equipments. Operating such services also need permission from the concerned state government.
Q.4- What is Forensic Science?
Ans- Forensic Science is the practical application of science which can be applied to the Court of Law. There are different branches of Forensic Science i.e. Questioned Documents Examination, Fingerprints, Anthropology, Odontology, Serology, Entomology, DNA, Wildlife, Toxicology, Narcotics & Drugs, Explosives, Petrol & Arson, Physical Evidence (Glass, Fibre, Soil), Crime Scene Management, Photography, Audio-Video Examination, Ballistics and some others.
Q.5- What is the scope of Forensic Science in India?
Ans- With a serious growth in crime rate and criminals becoming even smarter than police and judges, the role of forensic scientists has increased exponentially and India is facing an acute shortage of forensic scientists who can help Courts in deciding the criminal cases. Though the job of a forensic scientist is critical, lack of skilled professionals signifies that there is a lot of potential for the youngsters.
Q.6- What are the Job-prospects in Forensic Science?
Ans- In every district of India, there is a Civil and Criminal Court system where lakhs of civil and criminal matters are pending where the Forensic document opinions, thumb print impression opinions and preparation of cross-examination is always in demand by lawyers. Under the provision of section 45 of Indian Evidence Act, any private person who has received apprenticeship under some recognised expert is capable of submitting opinions in Courts, irrespective of the level of education in Forensic Science. Other than Courts, you would also be solving cases related to Law Firms, Banks (both Govt. & Private), MNC’s, Management & Technical Institutes, Police Agencies, Educational Institutes, Govt. Deptts., etc.
Most of the job prospects for forensic scientists are in government sector, particularly in various law enforcement agencies such as police, legal system, the investigative services of the central government and state governments. However, some private agencies too offer job opportunities to those who have some qualification in the field. A major chunk of trained forensic scientists are hired by the Intelligence Bureau (IB), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), etc.
With our certificate courses, one can start practicing immediately after the completion of course. We not only provide the study materials but we also train students on how to get work from Courts. A lot of our students are not only practicing independently but are also employed by various private firms and are doing a decent job.
Being a Forensic Scientist is extremely satisfying as one is working towards the flow of justice.
Q.7- Can I learn Forensic Science through Distance Education?
Ans- For those who cannot join a regular Forensic Science course due to various other commitments, shortage of money, staying at remote areas or not finding enough time from the regular job, we have designed these distance learning courses in such a way that anyone who really wants to learn and start working can do so without disturbing in his/her regular schedule.
Once you get enrolled, the study material (based on REAL COURT CASES) will be mailed to you weekly. Also, there will be a PRACTICAL CONTACT CLASS after every two weeks (preferably during weekends) to give you practical lessons in our subjects through real case studies, report writing techniques, facing cross-examination, etc.
Also, for interested students, we can arrange Court visits to make them aware about the methodologies involved in Court and the role of Questioned Document or Fingerprint Examiner in Court.
Q.8- What is the purpose of these courses?
Ans- Our mission is to spread forensic awareness to every nook and corner of our Country with an aim to facilitate Forensic teaching at a much lower cost and at the same time, keeping in view the Court perspective.
Our courses are for those:
a) Who cannot afford University education due to lack of funds/money.
b) Who cannot afford University education due to other family commitments.
c) Who want to enhance their skills.
d) Who want to work independently parallel to their already existing jobs.
e) Who want to work passionately towards flow of justice.
f) Who want to be known and earn at the same time as it is a small fraternity.
Q.9- Will there be exams?
Ans- There won't be any formal exams but students will be judged through assignments and projects.
Q.10- Will I get a certificate?
Ans- Yes, a certificate will be provided after the completion of a particular course.
Q.11- When will I get a certificate?
Ans- After successfully completing a particular course, every student will have to submit a project on a real case study. After the evaluation, if we find that that the project is authentic and done with proper research and commitment, the certificate will be provided. We guide students on every step.