Upcoming BAFS Events

Sources and Expression of Clinical and Scientific Expert Witness Bias

The Royal Society of Medicine

18th January 2020
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London

About the event:

At this exciting meeting, the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Academy of Forensic Science will bring together a top faculty of prominent speakers to look at the source of partiality in different forensic disciplines, addressing bias in the individual and in the criminal justice system.

Sources and Expression of Expert Witness Bias
The expert witness practice of forensic doctors and scientists is under increasing scrutiny, by both the courts and professional bodies.

Appraisal of expert witness practice must address not only technical competence, including demonstrating evidence of a real understanding of the interface between medicine or science and law, but also ethical probity. And the avoidance of bias represents the greatest technical and ethical challenge.

Bias can arise from sources ‘within’ the expert, including via ‘cognitive bias and heuristics’, or as an inherent reflection of the adversarial legal system itself; and can be expressed throughout the method of assessment, report drafting and giving of oral evidence.

The conference will define and address bias across a range of forensic medicine and science disciplines, presented by a range of distinguished practitioners; in order to identify sources and routes to expression that are both ‘generic’ to all expert witness practice and specific to particular medical and scientific disciplines. And the programme will end with a senior judicial commentary on bias in expert evidence, as well as on judicial bias, as viewed from the bench.

Science & Justice: The Family Courts

Date: 21st March 2020
Venue: Bush House, King's College London, WC2B 4LL

The role of forensic science, expert evidence and the family justice system in safeguarding children from harm including FGM, radicalisation and non-accidental injury.


  • 09:00 Tea & Coffee
  • 09:20 Welcome and Introduction from the President
  • 09:30 FGM and the Family Courts Dr Charlotte Proudman
  • 10:15 The policing challenges on how to best protect and safeguard children from the practice of FGM, within the family court system Commander Ivan Balhatchet
  • 11:00 Tea & Coffee
    Radicalisation of Children
  • 11:15 Radicalisation and the Family Courts Chris Barnes
  • 12:00 TBC
  • 12:45 Lunch
   Safeguarding Children from Non accidental injury
  • 13:30 Sexual abuse Frances Judd QC
  • 14:15 Non-accidental Injury Jo Delahunty QC
  • 15:00 Coffee
  • 15:15 Psychiatric Injury TBC
  • 16:00 Panel discussion (for all speakers)
  • 16:30 Closing remarks by the President

Registration Fees:

  • Non - Member: £75.00
  • Member: £65.00
  • Concession for Retiree: £40.00
  • Student Non-Member: £25.00
  • Student Member: £15.00