University project

Understanding Forensic Science Comics

A series of comics based on judicial primers exploring the benefits and limitations of different forensic evidence types.

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Start date

January 2020

The Understanding Forensic Science series of comics have been created by the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science and The Scottish Centre for Comics Studies at the University of Dundee and are based on the judicial primers produced in collaboration between members of the judiciary, the Royal Society, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and the Lord President of Scotland have worked together with the Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh to create a series of judicial primers to assist the judiciary with better understanding of scientific evidence in the courtroom. They were written by leading scientists and members of the judiciary, and peer reviewed by practitioners, scientists and judges. The aim of the primers is to present clear, scientifically accurate information and to address the limitations and challenges associated with applying scientific evidence in a courtroom.

The Understanding Forensic Analysis comic series led by the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science at the University of Dundee reinterprets the primers in order to visualise these issues and challenges for a wider audience.

We have produced several comics related to the primers which are all open access and available to download through the Discovery Research Portal:


Project lead(s)

Professor Chris Murray,

Phillip Vaughan


Dr Golnar Nabizadeh

, Professor Niamh Nic Daeid, Dr Heather Doran

Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science

+44 (0)1382 38 80 91