Australia: Analysis of the limitations of scientific evidence to prove timing and direction of alleged HIV transmission in three criminal trials

This article by Paul Kidd in the March 2016 issue of HIV Australia examines the use of HIV phylogenetic analysis in three Australian criminal trials. It argues that courts in Australia appear to accept forensic evidence uncritically. As the forensic methodology used in phylogenetic analysis is inherently limited, it argues there is risk of miscarriage of justice where this type of evidence forms a substantial part of the prosecution case.

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