Ethics in Forensic Sciences
o The discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and
o A set of moral principles: a theory or system of moral values
o The principles of conduct governing an individual or a group
o A criminalist who tells the truth and is of good moral character will not run
into any ethical problems
But is this always true?
• Are their morals in line with the ethics of the field?
• Code of ethics
o A written set of rules that an organization lab, office, class, agrees to
o Why is it important to have a code of ethics?
Gives credibility to the field
o Also used to prevent professional heresy, avoid litigation, and keep
individuals from embarrassing the organization.
o Aren’t morals enough?
Morals can vary and they are not written down
Morals do provide the based for many codes of ethics
o AAFS CODE OF ETHICS
o Legal opinion – involves the interpretation o